Assessing privacy law

January 26, 2020 10:59 am

The expanding growth of information technology with its ability to gather, analyze and disseminate data has raised the sense of urgency for enactment of laws on privacy in many countries.  The parliament of Nepal enacted Individual’s Right to Privacy Act (2018) to implement Article 28 of the Constitution which guarantees every person the right to privacy in relation to the person, and his residence, property, documents, records, statistics, correspondence or reputation.

In defense of social media regulation

January 11, 2020 08:30 am

Our socio-political situation always and noticeably remits one or another controversial issue to the people, who love to engage in an endless debate. MCC was the talk of the town, and still is. The proposed bill on information technology—mentioned as IT Bill—has hogged the media space and engaged the mass at mammoth scale. The provision that states anyone posting defamatory, blasphemous and disrespectfully vulgar or profane remarks against somebody on and through social media will be sentenced up to five year and fined up to one and half million rupees is the subject of intense criticism.

KATHMANDU, Jan 9: The government has expedited the process to procure a security printing press worth billions of rupees without competitive bidding process in the name of government to government (G2G) deal.

Why IT Bill must not be passed

January 7, 2020 08:56 am

The government, which has been receiving widespread criticisms over a number of flawed bills that it introduced in the parliament in recent months, has been heavily criticized again over Information Technology (IT) Bill which has been endorsed by the house committee recently, despite reservations from the members of opposition party, and which awaits endorsement from the parliament.

KATHMANDU, Sept 11: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has issued a three-point directive to bank and financial institutions (BFIs) for addressing and managing internal and external risks in use of information technology (IT).

KATHMANDU, Aug 26: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who is currently in Singapore for his health check-up, convened a cabinet meeting through video conferencing on Monday.

Nepal’s IT sector under big risk

August 2, 2019 07:26 am

Information technology has changed the administration, as IT is now an integral part of government-funded agencies and public and private firms. But IT poses new challenges for data centers and payment gateways in terms of protecting data from unauthorized access, securing electronic transactions, and managing outsourcing services.

KATHMANDU, Dec 17: Honorary Information Technology (IT) consultant to Prime Minister KP Oli, Asgar Ali, who is also the chief executive officer (CEO) of eSewa Fonepay Private Limited, has been found to be grossly misusing his position to secure major IT contracts at different government bodies without a competitive bidding process.