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Barbados: Governor-General issues proclamation enacting Data Protection Act of 2019

The Barbados Governor-General, Dame Sandra Prunella Mason, issued, on 26 March 2021, a proclamation in the Official Gazette enacting and operationalising the Data Protection Act, 2019 (Act 2019-29). In particular, the proclamation provides that the Act is operational from 31 March 2021, with the exception of Sections 50, 51, 52, 55, 56, and 57.

Specifically, the Act seeks to protect the privacy of individuals and regulates the collection, keeping, processing, and dissemination of personal data. In addition, the Act provides for various data protection principles such as fairness and lawfulness of processing, conditions for consent and the consent of children, and the processing of sensitive personal data, as well as regulates the transfer of personal data. Moreover, the Act provides for several data subject rights including the right of access, rectification, erasure, restriction of processing, and data portability, among other rights relating to direct marketing and automated decision-making.

You can read the proclamation here and download the Act here.