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Brunei Darussalam: AITI initiates public consultation on draft PDPO

The Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam ('AITI') initiated, on 20 May 2021, a public consultation on its draft Personal Data Protection Order ('the PDPO'). In particular, the AITI clarified that the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications had designated them to draft and publish the PDPO as the interim Data Protection Office in Brunei Darussalam. Furthermore, the PDPO establishes comprehensive obligations to data controllers, intermediaries, and processors including the mandatory designation of a data protection officer, the receipt of consent prior to the use and processing of personal information, a limit on the use of data for the purposes communicated to data subjects, and providing notification to authorities of a data breach within three calendar days. In addition, the PDPO requires data controllers to facilitate the data subject rights under the PDPO which establishes the right to withdraw consent, the right to access information, the right to rectification, and data portability. 

The public consultation will end on 16 June 2021, with responses to be submitted prior to this date at [email protected]

You can access the press release here, and the draft here