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Lawmakers Query Storage Of Information Under Data-Protection Law

As lawmakers started deliberations on Tuesday on the Data Protection Act, 2017, one government technocrat has sought to advise members of a joint select committee examining the bill that the proposed statute would be far-reaching, impacting not only the public and private sectors, but also a raft of non-governmental organisations.

“The scope and scale of this piece of legislation is going to affect not only businesses and the public sector, but every club, church, every organisation that collects personal data. Their membership list will be impacted by this law,” Maurice Bailey, director of the Legal Reform Unit in the Ministry of Justice, told committee members.

“When we are contemplating even a question of a DPO (data protection officer), it has implications for those kinds of organisations also.”

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