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Jamaica: House of Representatives passes data protection bill

OneTrust DataGuidance confirmed, on 21 May 2020, with Grace Lindo, Partner at Nunes, Scholefield, DeLeon & Co., that the House of Representatives of Jamaica, had passed, on 19 May 2020, a bill for the Data Protection Act, 2020 ('the Bill'). In particular, the Bill seeks to create, among others, new data protection standards for public authorities and private organisations, and establish the office of the Information Commissioner ('the Commissioner'). Furthermore, the Bill provides definitions for various terms, including biometric data, data controllers and processors, data subjects, health records, and personal data, and establishes different rights for data subjects. In addition, the Bill would require data controllers to register with the Commissioner in order to process personal data and provides for the registration particulars that would be maintained in a dedicated register by the Commissioner, for which an annual fee would be paid by data controllers.  

The Bill is expected to be sent to the Jamaica Senate for further voting and, if passed, will have to be signed by the Governor-General and published in the Jamaica Gazette before it enters into effect. 

You can read the Bill here.