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DATA PROTECTION ACT TO BE TABLED NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR

Posted by SR (riley) on Nov 03 2016 at 2:29 AM
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Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the Data Protection Act will be tabled in Parliament before the end of the next financial year. Dr. Wheatley said the Act will safeguard, in general, the privacy of individuals in relation to personal data as well as to govern the collection, regulation, processing, keeping, use and disclosure of certain information in physical or electronic form.  “It allows full protection as it relates to how entities that are in possession of the personal data of our citizens, how they treat it and how they share it,” he said.

Dr. Wheatley also noted that the Act will provide a sense of comfort to the citizenry when using technology.Dr. Wheatley informed that an assessment of government websites was recently concluded in order to ascertain their resilience to cyberattacks and to ensure protection of Government.The Minister is encouraging persons to take the threat of cybercrime seriously.  “The potential exists for cybercrime to become the most frequent type of crime in our country if we do not take the necessary steps to cauterise it and to inform the public,” he noted, adding that more persons must become “cyber secure”.

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