Duty Assumption of New Secretary

Mr. Chandana Rodrigo, a special Grade Officer of Sri Lanka Administrative Service(SLAS) has assumed duties as the Secretary to the Ministry of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology.

CONGRATULATION CHANDANA RODRIGO SIR....!!!

 

Hon. Ajith P Perera, Minister of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology Visits "Japan IT Week"

Hon Ajith P Perera, Minister of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology Visits "Japan IT week"

"Japan IT Week" is one of the world’s leading ICT/BPM-focused exhibitions and provides a myriad of opportunities for professionals, vendors, service providers and customers to meet exhibitors from across the world and develop profitable business relationships. Japan has a strong track record of innovation, making Japan IT Week the ideal platform for Sri Lankan companies to showcase their offerings, establish business relations and expand their footprint in the continent.

Hon Ajith P. Perera, Minister of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology visited Japan from 06th of May - 08th of May. The Hon Minister came along with Sri Lankan IT companies to promote Sri Lankan IT businesses in Japan which this rather unexplored territory for Sri Lankan companies.

During his stay in Japan Hon Minister met with Japanese IT industrial leaders, IT Chambers and Sri Lankan diaspora to promote Sri Lankan IT industry. Hon Minister visited The Digital Business Innovation Center (DBIC), one of the IT disruptive centers in Japan. At DBIC Hon Minister had detail discussions with Mr. Yokotsuka Hiroshi, representative of DBIC on differences in IT situations between Sri Lanka and Japan and the possibility of future cooperation. He also met with Mr. Norio Ogiwara , Chairman of the Computer Software Association in Japan (CSAJ), who has shown a keen interest to explore future bussiness partnerships with Sri Lanka. Hon Minister has also visited the Tokyo International University and had meetings with academics, Sri Lankan Students and Mr Nobuyasu Kurata Chancellor of the University.

Hon Minister has also delivered the opening remarks at a seminar held at the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tokyo under the title of “Foster Collaboration to Drive Digital innovation in Japan and Sri Lanka”. This event was attended by the cross-section of Sri Lankan diaspora representing Sri Lankan professional, bussiness and academic communities. At the seminar, Mr. Ide Hiroyuki senior consultants of JICA as well as Mr. Morikazu Inoue, representative from DBIC have also delivered a presentation on promoting IT bussiness between Sri Lanka and Japan.

Hon Minister has also grace the occasion of opening day of the IT Week exhibition and interacted with the Sri Lankan companies attended at that exhibition. Hon Minister also undertook a detail tour in the exhibition premises to witness the way other countries promoting their IT industries in Japan.

During his interactions with Japanese parties, he elaborately explained the capabilities of Sri Lankan IT industry and Sri Lanka’s human resources. He emphasized the importance of continuous engagement with Japanese parties to sustainable developments of bussiness between the two countries. Hon Minister extended invitation for all those parties to undertake a visit to Sri Lanka and witness the real potential by them directly.

Hon Minister makes it a point to brief the current security situation in Sri Lanka with all those who he had engaged with. He assured Japanese parties the early revival of normalcy in Sri Lanka and urged them to continue with their current bussiness and explore more bussiness in future.


 

Cyber Security Bill - 2019_05_22

 

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Invitation for Public Comments 

 

Cyber Security Week 2019


Cyber Security Week 2019 is the annual National Conference in Cyber Security in Sri Lanka. It is held for the 12th consecutive time this year. CSW 2019 consists of the following events,

✦ 12th Annual National Conference (06-NOV-2019) 

✦ Technical Workshops (TBD) 

✦ Hacking Challenge (TBD) 

✦ Information Security Quiz (TBD)

 

 

Draft National Digital Policy

The Draft 'National Digital Policy' outlines Sri Lanka’s digital agenda for 2020 to 2025. It provides a high-level principles and conceptual framework for the country to achieve sustained digital economic development and growth through the creation of an Innovative Economy and an Effective Government.
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Comments regarding the Draft Policy are welcome and please forward the to the following e-mail address:
 

FRAMEWORK FOR THE PROPOSED PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION BILL

Framework for a Proposed Data Protection Legislation (Download - Updated_version)

The Ministry of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology has taken cognizance of the fact that Data protection has become increasingly important in an information age, where personal data is a significant asset for Government agencies, Banks, Companies, SMEs etc.

Although Sri Lanka does not have a cross sectoral Data Protection Law, there are several Data Protection enabled legislation, such as the Banking Act (1988), Licenses issued under the Telecommunications Act (1991), Intellectual Property Act (2003), Computer Crimes Act (2007) and the Registration of Persons (Amendment) Act No. 8 of 2016.

In view of the digital transformation taking place in Sri Lanka with government agencies, Banks, Telco’s, ISPs and private sector collecting personal data via the Internet, the subject of Data Protection has become an important public policy consideration. In addition, the Right to Information Act (2016) is currently being implemented in Sri Lanka, pursuant to Article 14A of the Constitution, where right to privacy is an exception.

Taking the above into consideration and based on the request made by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, pursuant to stakeholder meeting held at the Central Bank on 19th September 2018, this Ministry took steps to formulate Data Protection Legislation.

In formulating Draft Legislation, the Drafting Committee examined international best practices, such as the OECD Guidelines, APEC Privacy Framework, Council of Europe Data Protection Convention, the EU General Data Protection Regulations as well as laws enacted in other jurisdictions, such as Australia, Mauritius, Singapore and the Indian Draft Legislation.

The Framework for a proposed Data Protection Legislation is now available through the website of this Ministry for stakeholder comments and it provides an outline of the key principles and provisions proposed to be included in the Draft Bill. This framework would also be reviewed by an Independent Review Committee, co-chaired by Hon Justice K.T. Chitrasiri & Prof Savithri Goonesekera.

Any Comments/ feedback along with suggestions can be submitted on or before 01st of July 2019, using the enclosed template and please send it to the following email address.(Download)

There will another opportunity for review, when the Draft is published in the gazette as a Bill.

The Secretary

Ministry of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology

12th June 2019

HON. AJITH P. PERERA (M.P.) ASSUMED DUTIES

Hon. Minister of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology Mr. Ajith P. Perera (M.P.) assumed duties of the office on 24th of December 2018.

Press Release On Data Protection Public-Private Dialogue

Monday, 24th June

Ministry of Digital Infrastructure partners ITC to organize a national public-private dialogue on the proposed data protection bill

The Ministry of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology (MDIIT) in collaboration with the International Trade Centre (ITC) is organizing a National Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) on the “Legal Framework for the Proposed Data Protection Bill”, on 27 June 2019. The event will be held within the framework of the EU-Sri Lanka Trade-Related Assistance Project, funded by the European Union (EU) of which ITC is the lead implementing agency.

The primary objective of the PPD is to provide an overview of the proposed Data Protection Bill and seek comments and suggestions from diverse stakeholders from Government and Private sector to make improvements to the Draft framework, before it is submitted for approval as a Bill.

In view of the digital transformation taking place in Sri Lanka with government agencies, Banks, Telco’s, ISPs and private sector collecting personal data via the Internet, the subject of Data Protection has become an important public policy consideration. Taking these into consideration Ministry of Digital Infrastructure & Information Technology took the lead initiative to formulate Data Protection Legislation and appointed a Committee led by Chair of CERT & ICTA Legal Advisor with representatives of Legal Draftsman, Central Bank and private sector specialists, to formulate Draft Legislation.

In formulating Draft Legislation, the Drafting Committee examined international best practices, such as the OECD Guidelines, APEC Privacy Framework, Council of Europe Data Protection Convention, the EU General Data Protection Regulations as well as laws enacted in other jurisdictions, such as Australia, Mauritius, Singapore and the Indian Draft Legislation.

The draft bill seeks to provide a regulatory framework for data protection in Sri Lanka and among other vital interventions, the bill will seek to establish provisions for data processing, data retention, and cross border flow of data. With many countries acknowledging the importance of data protection and introducing data protection legislations, the proposed data protection bill for Sri Lanka comes at a good time. It is important for private sector stakeholders and consumer organizations to discuss and deliberate upon a policy framework that would best position the country to benefit from rapid digitization of the domestic and global economy.

The event will see the participation of representatives from various government departments and agencies as well as the private sector. The PPD looks to enhance effective cross-sectoral dialogue to develop an inclusive bill taking into consideration the pragmatic business and societal interests of all concerned stakeholders.

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