Status of Data Privacy Laws in the Caribbean [Feb 2021]

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 …

List of E-Commerce Laws in the Caribbean

I researched which countries in the Caribbean region have e-commerce laws and the results are listed below

[Panel discussion] The Barbados Data Protection Act – SMART Barbados Week 2019

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 …

[Published] Article in the Business Authority on the Barbados Data Protection Bill*

The Business Authority newspaper (Barbados) published an article under my name. The article is based on my written submissions to the Barbados Parliament’s Joint Select Committee on the Data Protection Bill, 2019. The article zooms in on my comments on the lack of protection offered to the Data Protection Commissioner’s office and the need for …

[FinTech] Barbados launches Regulatory Sandbox

In Barbados, the Financial Services Commission  and the Central Bank have jointly created an important regulation: the Regulatory Sandbox Framework for the Financial Services Sector. Sandbox Benefits The no-fluff definition of a regulatory sandbox? A temporary observatory where regulators try to figure out whether a new financial product/service is fish or foul. Let’s flesh that …

[Presentation] Data Protection: What Service Providers Should Know – Bimtech Digital Forum 2018

I was one of the speakers at the Bimtech Digital Forum 2018. The forum focused on pertinent considerations for service sector entities participating in the digital economy. The forum was put on by the Barbados Coalition of Service Industries (BCSI) which is dedicated to the acceleration of service sector development and enhancing the export potential of service …

Comments on the Barbados Data Protection Bill, 2018

I was recently tasked with drafting comments on the 2018 Barbados Data Protection Bill on behalf of three public interest groups – the Barbados ICT Professionals Association, the Barbados Information Systems Security Association and the Barbados Chapter of the Internet Society. Effectively, civil society and professional development organisations with separate areas of focus but all interested …