Privacy Act versus Right to Information Act

Topics: Human rights, Law, Privacy / Pages: 7 (1624 words) / Published: Sep 21st, 2013

VOL 18 NO -213 REGD NO DA 1589 | Dhaka, Friday June 10 2011

Privacy Act versus Right to Information Act

M S Siddiqui

Democracy is a pre-condition for good governance and effective democratic institutions are essential for democratising the society, ensure human rights and free flow of information. Democracy cannot flourish in the absence of good governance. The economic development is also linked to democracy. Democracy works properly with transparency and accountability. The free flow of information has a precondition to protect state security, personal and private secrecy for safety and peaceful private life.

GDP of Bangladesh has been growing at about six per cent for last two decades and second generation citizens are living in the cities. They are economically secured and the lifestyles changing steadily in slow pace and citizens now prefer individualism. They are trying to have private life with out interference of relatives and neighbors.

On the other hand, privacy is a fundamental human right. It underpins human dignity and other values such as freedom of association. It has become one of the most important human rights of the modern age. It is protected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and in many other international and regional human rights treaties. Nearly every country in the world includes a right of privacy in its constitution. In many countries, international agreements that recognise privacy rights such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights or the European Convention on Human Rights have been adopted into domestic law.

The society recently experiences a serious violation of privacy of private life of a girl. The actress cum model girl did an immoral act of having physical relation with boyfriend before marriage and the boyfriend did the same immoral act and again

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