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Guyana: Ministry publishes draft data protection bill for public consultation

The Ministry of Legal Affairs of Guyana published, on 15 April 2023, the draft of the Guyana Data Protection Bill 2023, seeking comments on the same. Specifically, the bill aims to protect the privacy of individuals and regulate the collection, keeping, processing, use, and dissemination of personal data.

In addition, the bill provides for various data protection principles, such as fairness and lawfulness of processing, purpose limitation, data minimisation, accuracy, integrity, and confidentiality. Moreover, the bill would require technical and organisational measures regarding the processing of sensitive personal data, as well as regulate the transfer of personal data. Furthermore, the bill would provide for several data subject rights, including the right of access, rectification, erasure, restriction of processing, data portability, and the right to object, among other rights relating to direct marketing and automated decision-making.

Lastly, the bill would mandate for the creation of the Data Protection Commissioner, who shall be responsible for the enforcement of the bill and could impose penalties up to 4% of the annual revenue for non-compliance with the bill where the offender is a company.

Comments may be submitted via email to [email protected] by 3 May 2023.

You can read the bill here.