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…
Both Barbados and Jamaica passed substantive data protection laws in the past 18 months. Neither jurisdiction has, however, taken the relevant procedural steps to actually make their privacy laws enforceable.
Guyana is about to strip itself of a, no doubt, undesirable status: it is one of only two remaining Caribbean jurisdictions without a substantive e-commerce law. The Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce published a draft act – The Electronic Communications and Transactions Bill, 2019 in early October, 2020. The public comment period for the…
In Paymaster (Jamaica) Ltd. v Grace Kennedy Remittance Services Ltd, the Jamaican Supreme Court has awarded significant damages, equivalent to approximately US$4+ million, to a software programmer following a copyright dispute. The bulk of the award? Interest!
The Government of the British Virgin Islands has tabled a number of bills in its parliament aimed at enhancing the digital economy. The suite of proposed legislation covers data privacy, the facilitation of electronic filings via government institutions, electronic commerce (electronic transactions, documents and signatures) and digital payments.
I researched which countries in the Caribbean region have e-commerce laws and the results are listed below
In the midst of a global pandemic and a number of recent natural disasters affecting the region, an interesting conversation point has arisen in ICT and telecommunications spaces: how to best utilise telecoms infrastructure to assist in managing inevitable national disasters. The International Telecommunications Union has recently published guidelines for national emergency telecommunications plans (NETPS)….
The underlying fear is that this proposed convention is an attempt to legitimize the repression of free speech online. Have the majority of CARICOM states unwittingly helped?
I was honoured to be part of a panel discussion on the newly passed Barbados Data Protection Act at the inaugural Smart Barbados Week 2019. The Smart Barbados Week was a 4-day symposium hosted by Barbados’ Ministry of Innovation, Science and Smart Technology (MIST). Its purpose was to engage the Barbadian public with the knowledge…
n June, the Eastern Caribbean States witnessed a quiet revolution: the introduction of mobile number portability