Dec 302012
 December 30, 2012  Posted by  Laws, Non-U.S.

Hariati Azizan reports:

From Tuesday, companies have three months to put measures in place before they can collect and use consumers’ personal data for any commercial transactions.

IT has been work around the clock for the Personal Data Protection Department (JPDP) since its launch early this year.

With the challenge of recruiting the “right” personnel, however, it is an achievement that they got any work done.

It was challenging to attract candidates with the specific qualification and training they needed, admits JPDP director-general Abu Hassan Ismail.

But finally, Abu Hassan is happy to say, the department is two days away from being fully operational with the enforcement of the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) on Tuesday.

Read more on The Star.  It seems that entities have been divided up into 12 sectors, and each sector is charged with coming up with its own code of practice to comply with the new law. If they fail to do so, the Commissioner has the authority to create one for the sector(s).

The paper had previously published an FAQ, “What you need to know about the PDPA.”  For those who want to dig deeper, the text of the law can be found here.

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