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Barbados: House of Assembly passes data protection bill

The House of Assembly passed, on 6 August 2019, the bill for the Data Protection Act, 2019 ('the Bill'), following its approval by the Senate on 24 July 2019. The Bill applies to data controllers and data processors that process the personal data of data subjects in Barbados. In particular, the Bill includes provisions on breach notification, international data transfers and data processing registration, and provides data subjects with the rights of access, rectification, erasure, restriction of processing, data portability and the right to prevent processing for purposes of direct marketing.

In addition, the Bill stipulates that where personal data relating to a data subject is collected, the data controller shall, at the time when personal data is obtained, provide the data subject with, among other things, information on the identity and the contact details of the data controller, the contact details of the data privacy officer, the purposes of the processing for which the personal data is intended, the legal basis for the processing, and the recipients of the personal data.

The Bill must receive assent from the Governor General before it can be promulgated into law.

You can read the Bill here and track its history here.