It will take more than technology to protect national data – urged the participants of IID’s 8th Policy Breakfast. This segment of the Policy Breakfast Series themed ‘Security of National Data’ was held on 20th April in Dhaka.
H.E. Benoit-Pierre Laramée, High Commissioner of Canada in Bangladesh stated that the Policy Breakfast was a unique opportunity for everyone to communicate their concerns in a constructive manner. The dialogue brought both the technical and social aspects of biometric database to the forefront of the debate. Former Mayoral Candidate, Mr. Tabith Awal said that as citizens we want to know how our data will be protected. Across Bangladesh, many have expressed doubts regarding the extent to which the national data that is being collected is protected by the government.
Although the participants agreed that the technology is sound, they believed that there are still some areas that can be improved. Professor Rokonuzzaman of North South University stated that data security can be maintained at five different levels – technology, functional process, supervising and monitoring, regulatory, and law enforcement and legal procedure.
The debate ended with the house agreeing that Bangladesh needs to take additional measures to ensure complete data security. Even if the technology is foolproof, other layers of data security, such as regulations and law enforcement also needs to be ensured by the government. There should be clarity and transparency regarding how different layers of data security are ensured under the government’s protection.