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Jamaica: JIS announces update on data protection bill

The Jamaica Information Service ('JIS') announced, on 1 July 2019, that the Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams ('the Minister'), had provided, on 27 June 2019, an update on the bill for the Data Protection Act, 2017 ('the Bill'), stating that the Government is moving to complete the Bill, which is currently before the Joint Select Committee of Parliament. In particular, the Minister stated that the Bill would complement the new national identification system that the Government plans to implement. Moreover, the Bill provides requirements on how personal data is to be collected, processed, stored, used and disclosed in physical or electronic forms.   

In addition, the Bill notes, among other things, that personal data may only be obtained for specific lawful purposes, with the consent of the data subject, and may not be further used or processed in any way that is incompatible with the original purpose. Furthermore, the Bill stipulates that personal data must not be transferred to a foreign state or territory outside of Jamaica, unless such state or territory can ensure an adequate level of protection for the rights and freedoms of the data subject in question.

You can read the press release here and the Bill here.