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Telecoms company wants Data Protection Act implemented over 30-month period

WHEATLEY ... chairman of the Joint Select Committee of parliament reviewing the provisions of the Data Protection Bill, which is expected to safeguard the privacy of individuals in relation to personal data. 

TELECOMMUNICATIONS company, Digicel, is suggesting that the Government phase in the implementation of the proposed Data Protection Act within a 30-month period.

Digicel's Legal and Regulatory Director Tobi-Ann Chang told Tuesday's first full meeting of a Joint Select Committee (JSC) of Parliament reviewing the provisions of the Bill before its debate in the House of Representatives said that, in light of the proposed changes it introduces, “a phased approach to implementation is required”.

She suggested that phased implementation should accommodate the proposed Office of the Commission of Information, which will be charged with responsibility for overseeing the handling of personal data, being required to issue guidance notes on various aspects of the legislation within six months of its enactment, and compliance required within 30 months from enactment, or 18 months from the publication of the guidance notes, whichever is sooner.

Read the full article online in the Jamaica Observer