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Jamaica: Minister urges health facilities to prepare for data protection bill

The Jamaica Information Service ('JIS') announced, on 20 February 2020, that the Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams ('the Minister'), had urged public health authorities to make preparations for the implementation of the bill for the Data Protection Act, 2017 ('the Bill'). In particular, the Minister highlighted that the Bill would require organisations to strengthen security mechanisms to safeguard patient data and would also provide individuals with greater autonomy over how their personal data is used. Furthermore, the Bill would provide requirements on the collection, processing, storage, usage and disclosure of personal data in physical or electronic form, as well as establish measures on international data transfers and data retention and disposal.

The Bill is currently being considered by a Joint Select Committee of the Parliament of Jamaica.

You can read the press release here