On March 7, 2007 Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus publicized the Draft law on information, informatization and information protection developed by Ministry of communications and informatization and by the State Information Security Centre .
The draft law stipulates major principles of the state policy in the sphere of informatization and information protection: public access to information, issues of information exchange, information protection, obligations and rights of the hardware and software owners.
On July 31, 2007 the first discussion of the draft law by the parliamentary working group headed by T. Safronenko, vice -chairman of the Parliament Committee on industry, transport, communications and entrepreneurship (the first hearing). Together with parliamentarians, the working group includes lawyer M. Pastuhov, member of Belarusian Association of Journalists, S. Divin, head of the Inforpark association lawmaking committee, G. Naumenko, head of the department at the Academy of Science Informatics Institute , O. Seklitski, deputy head of the Ministry of communications Informatization department, and a number of experts of the Nationbal Lawmaking Center under the President of the Republic of Belarus., of the Ministry of Communications..
The second parliamentary hearings on the draft law are scheduled for the autumn session of the Chamber of Representatives of the Belarusian Parliament. However T. Safronenko predicts that the current drfat can be declined by the Parliament members as the draft law has been heavily criticized by members of the working group, senior officials at the Presidential administration , by the civil society, Belarusian Association of Journalists in particular, and by international organizations, such as OSCE.
As authors of the law, as well as members of the working group have been constantly stressing the importance of the international experience in the field, Foundation for Legal Technologies Development conducted an international expert evaluation of the draft law in April - July 2007 [see the list of experts in Appendix 1]
According to experts opinions:
See detailed information:
Appendix 1. List of experts
Appendix 2 Linda Austere. Draft Law on Information, Informatization and Information Protection. Comments and Recommendations
Appendix 3 Klemen Ticar. Draft Law on Information, Informatization and Information Protection. Comments and Recommendations
Appendix 4. Shorter comments by international experts
Appendix 5. Draft Law on information, informatization and information protection (unofficial translation)
In Russian: http://www.e-belarus.org/docs/expertise.pdf
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