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Brunei Darussalam: AITI publishes public consultation response feedback paper on the PDPO

The Authority for Info-Communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam ('AITI') published, on 3 December 2021, a response feedback paper on the public consultation it had initiated, on 20 May 2021, establishing comprehensive insights on the expected operation of the proposed Personal Data Protection Order ('PDPO'). In particular, the AITI outlined in its feedback the responses to the public consultation by a variety of companies and organisations, and provided information on most issues raised through the public consultation.

Moreover, the paper presents key points that were discussed in detail which include that the AITI intends for the PDPO to come into force by mid 2022 with an expected grace period of two years for companies to become fully compliant with the law, a clear breakdown on the data subject rights proposed, which are the the right to withdraw consent, access to personal data, request the rectification of an error or omission in the personal data, and data portability. The paper further clarifies requirements established under the PDPO including, among other things, key definitions, territorial scope, obligations of data controllers and data processors, and the powers of the authorised authority under the PDPO. In addition, the AITI concluded that the next steps expected following this public consultation, include the issuance of advisory guidelines and other resources, which will assist organisations in compliance with the PDPO.

You can read the press release here, and access the paper here