Technology Minister tables bill for Data Protection Act

Jamaica is closer to having a Data Protection Act.
This Bill was tabled by Technology Minister Dr. Andrew Wheatley in the House of  Representatives on Tuesday
The legislation will safeguard the privacy of individuals in relation to personal data, as well as govern the collection, regulation, processing, keeping, use and disclosure of  certain information in physical or electronic form.
The decision was made to enact legislation in order to secure the confidentiality of  personal data that may be in the possession of  entities including government authorities.
The Bill also provides for the establishment of  an Information Commissioner.
The individual will be responsible for overseeing the manner in which personal information in the possession of  those entities is handled.

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