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Jamaica: Data Protection Act enters into force, data controllers granted six-month registration grace period

On November 30, 2023, the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) announced a six-month grace period for data controllers to register under the Data Protection Act (the Act). The Minister responsible for Skills and Digital Transformation, Dr. Dana Morris-Dixon, clarified that while the Act entered into force on December 1, 2023, entities will have until the end of the grace period to register with the OIC.

The Minister emphasized that companies could start registering from December 1, 2023, on the OIC's official website. The OIC prioritized the registration of specific entities like public authorities, financial institutions, educational institutions, health service providers, security services providers, and those handling sensitive personal data. Dr. Morris-Dixon assured a seamless transition, affirming the OIC's commitment to supporting data controllers in meeting compliance standards.

You can read the press release here.