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Bangladesh: Cabinet approves data protection bill

On November 29, 2023, OneTrust DataGuidance Research confirmed with Nasir Doulah, Partner at Doulah & Doulah, that the Personal Data Protection Bill 2023 was passed by the Cabinet of Bangladesh.

What are the key features of the bill?

In particular, the bill would apply to the processing of personal data of the residents of Bangladesh and to data processing that is not carried out in Bangladesh but offering goods and services to the residents of Bangladesh.

More specifically, the bill provides for key definitions such as 'data fiduciary,' 'processor,' 'genetic data,' 'pseudonymized data,' and 'biometric data,' among others. The bill also lays down data protection principles, retention requirements, obligations of data controllers and processors, and rights of data subjects, including the rights of children. Interestingly, the bill also provides for the rights of foreign data holders residing in Bangladesh, stating that the bill would apply to them. Further, the bill lists certain exemptions from its applicability, including, among others, the prevention of crime and journalistic, artistic, and literary purposes. 

What are the next steps?

Nasir Doulah confirmed that the "bill shall now be placed at the Parliament for enactment."

You can read the bill, only available in Bengali, here.