Legal Framework


  • The Information Security Working Group was established to make sure the data and transactions in the eSri Lanka Development Project were carried out with integrity and confidentiality.
  • A comprehensive training program for Government Officers was implemented.
  • ICTA has played a major role in developing electronic laws.
  • ICTA undertook several critical policy reforms to ensure smooth transformation to a digitally enhanced Sri Lanka.

Legal Framework

  • Electronic (eLaws) provide the necessary legal environment for using electronic data and documents and for carrying out electronic transactions.
  • The most relevant law for the use of ICT in government and establishment of e-government services are the laws for enabling electronic transactions.
  • These laws enable smooth and easy domestic and international online transactions.
  • The Computer Crimes Act restricts anyone from modifying or deleting information without authority.
  • This Act also makes it illegal to program the computer in such a manner so as to prevent authorized persons from obtaining access.
  • At present the Government is pursuing a policy for Data Protection.
  • The Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Act is in relation to the protection of software, trade secrets and integrated circuits.

Case Study

  • The National Data Sharing program was an ecosystem created to promote, connect and deliver the sharing of data to the public as well as other government departments.
  • This resulted in an “open government” due to higher transparency, less corruption and better decision making.
  • The Budapest Convention is when Sri Lanka became a member of the Convention on Cybercrime.