Nepal's Unknown Data Privacy Law: No Shangri-La, but a First for South Asia

International Data Privacy Law, Vol 3, Issue 4, 2013

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2013-61

9 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2013 Last revised: 27 Sep 2013

Graham Greenleaf

University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law

Date Written: July 1, 2013

Abstract

Data privacy laws sometimes take root in unlikely locations. Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world, has an unstable parliamentary democracy with coalitions led by various Marxist parties. Nepal has very limited privacy protections in relation to the private sector, and does not have a large non-agricultural private sector as yet. But in relation to public bodies its right to information (RTI) law, while primarily concerned with ‘freedom of information’ (FOI) issues, has numerous unusual and potentially important data privacy protections. This article analyses these protections, their scope, and (to the extent possible) their application, and argues that they amount to a ‘data privacy law’ for Nepal’s public sector. Nepal is the first country in South Asia to have such a law.

Keywords: Nepal, data privacy, South Asia, data protection

Suggested Citation

Greenleaf, Graham, Nepal's Unknown Data Privacy Law: No Shangri-La, but a First for South Asia (July 1, 2013). International Data Privacy Law, Vol 3, Issue 4, 2013 ; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2013-61. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2326799

Graham Greenleaf (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law ( email )

Sydney, New South Wales 2052
Australia
+61 2 9385 2233 (Phone)
+61 2 9385 1175 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www2.austlii.edu.au/~graham

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