A lecture titled “Protection of Personal Data: Historical Developments, Global Trends and Lessons for Bangladesh” was held on January 26, 2020 at East West University. It was held in continuation of the Lecture Series arranged by the Department of Law, East West University, marking an early celebration of the Data Privacy Day 2020. The lecture was conducted by Dr. Mohammad Ershadul Karim, Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The lecture focused on the necessity of personal data protection law and policy in Bangladesh. It was argued that most of the big corporations have the technology and technological capacities to monitor individual actions. Without data protection law, the huge amount of data generated by users is susceptible to misuse and misappropriation. Thus, data protection law should be enacted in Bangladesh for the protection of the right to privacy as guaranteed under Article 43 of the Constitution of Bangladesh. The speaker also referred to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union (EU) and the legal mechanisms adopted in Malaysia concerning data protection as a model for data protection regulations. The lecture was organised with a view to inspiring the law students to explore new avenues of law and technology and sensitising them about the consequences of sharing personal data on the internet. More than ninety students from the undergraduate and graduate programs of the Department of Law, East West University, attended the lecture.
The lecture was graced by the presence of Dr. Muhammad Ziaulhuq Mamun, Pro-Vice Chancellor, East West University as the Chief Guest and Dr. Fouzia Mannan, Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, East West University as the Special Guest. At the outset, the distinguished speaker, guests and audiences were greeted by Mohammad Ataul Karim, Senior Lecturer, Department of Law, East West University. The program was chaired by Dr. Mehedi Hasan, Assistant Professor & Chairperson, Department of Law, East West University who also paid the vote of thanks.
Event covered by Shaila Hai, student of LL.M. at East West University.