What happened? The Government of Barbados has appointed Ms. Lisa Greaves as the country’s first Data Protection Commissioner. The official notice in last month’s Gazette indicates that Ms. Greaves’ appointment to the post is effective from July 15, 2021 and comes a few months after the Government brought the majority of the Barbados Data Protection…
Bermuda’s telecoms regulator, the Regulatory Authority, has released its proposed 2022-23 Work Plan to solicit feedback. The Work Plan sets out the major activities that the RA intends to conduct during the upcoming fiscal year, 2022-23. The Work Plan suggests that for the telecoms (electronic communication) space, the focus will be on monitoring existing frameworks…
Slew of new enforcement orders issued by the privacy regulator for the Cayman Islands.
The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL), the supra-national regulator for a number of Eastern Caribbean countries, is considering further revisions to its spectrum management plan (“SMP”).
The FTC has issued guidelines for entities that may find themselves embroiled in disputes with that regulator over anti-competitive behaviour or consumer protection practices.
A number of regulators throughout the Caribbean have taken steps in respect of Net Neutrality. Between 2010 and the present, this has included decisions, position papers and public consultations. Many regional governments support the notion but this position is not universal.
The House of Assembly passed a set of digital society legislation, including a data privacy law, last month.
March 31, 2021. A proclamation issued a few days earlier has fixed that date to mark the Barbados Data Protection Act, 2019-29 coming into effect. Put another way: March 31 is when the privacy compliance landscape in Barbados will change immutably.
Bermuda’s Privacy Commissioner recently announced recognition for the APEC CBPR System as a certification mechanism for overseas transfers of personal data under Bermuda’s data privacy law. The move promises strong safeguards for transfers of data outside of Bermuda.
With the recent activities around operationalising data privacy laws in Barbados and Jamaica, I thought it would be a good time to provide an update on the status of privacy laws in the Commonwealth Caribbean*, generally. I have also included, where applicable, recent privacy-related developments in the relevant jurisdictions. TL;DR – Six jurisdictions are without…