Data Protection Law an E-Business and E-Government Perception

Prathiba Mahanamahewa


This paper examines the extent to which the basic principles of data protection laws may be read into provisions in human rights treaties proclaiming a right to privacy. The problems caused by the difference between the USA and EU approaches to data protection are highlighted. The paper documents some of he legislative developments mean for E-Business and the link between data captured, stored and processed into information and the resulting effect on privacy is important. This article further argues in Sri Lanka the Information Privacy should be constitutionally protected and the law should be based on a EU model considering EU derivatives (1995/EC/46).