At the request of the Civil Initiative on Internet Policy, a Kyrgyz public foundation, Privacy International participated in an international conference on Internet and Law in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
The event was organized in response to proposals for a new data retention law and content regulation of the Internet and was attended by government officials, journalists, legal experts, and representatives of the telecommunications industry.
Kyrgyzstan adopted a data protection law only in April 2008. Given that this privacy legislation is relatively recent and has not yet been fully tested, there is a growing public concern that additional regulatory intervention, such as the introduction of data retention law, might be premature and inappropriate. This conference thus aimed to provide a platform for an open public debate. Relevant international practices were also discussed in order to inform the debate.