Sri Lanka’s first-ever Personal Data Protection Bill was passed in parliament yesterday with amendments amidst growing privacy concerns.
The Bill was tabled by the Minister of Justice Ali Sabry.
The Personal Data Protection Bill intends to provide for the Regulation of Processing of Personal Data; to identify and strengthen the Rights of Data Subjects in relation to the protection of Personal Data; to provide for the designation of the Data Protection Authority, and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
Accordingly, the second reading of the Personal Data Protection Bill was taken up for debate during yesterday’s parliamentary sitting.
The Ministerial Consultative Committee on Technology on Tuesday agreed to present the Personal Data Protection Bill to Parliament for the second reading.
The agreement regarding the aforesaid was reached at the Committee meeting of the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Technology chaired by Namal Rajapaksa, Minister of Youth & Sports, Minister of Development Co-ordination and Monitoring, and State Minister of Digital Technology and Enterprise Development.
This Ministerial Consultative Committee is chaired by the the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.