Telecoms regulator in Bermuda shares objectives for 2022-2023 fiscal year

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…

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…

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…

Guest Spot on the ICT Pulse Podcast discussing GDPR

I was really pleased to discuss the impending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) with Michele Maurius of ICT Pulse recently. On the eve of the GDPR’s commencement, it offered an opportunity to discuss the scope of the new law and, importantly, the potential extra-territorial implications for the Caribbean. Link: http://www.ict-pulse.com/2018/05/ictp-005-nuts-bolts-gdpr-bartlett-morgan/      

Notes on the Fair Trading Commission v Digicel Jamaica decision

The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (the “Board”) recently rendered a high profile decision in Fair Trading Commission v Digicel (mirror) where it confirmed the far reaching power of the Fair Trading Commission to intervene in proposed mergers of telecommunications providers. The decision will likely give telecommunications providers further cause for pause in future bids to…

Much needed privacy act coming to Jamaica

A privacy and data protection act is to be tabled in Jamaica in the next three months. Andrew Wheatley, the government minister responsible for technology, made the disclosure via the Jamaica Information Service website recently. This is the third such public announcement by the Minister in five months (See here and here). Presumably, therefore, there is substance…

Presentation: E-commerce and the Barbados Services Sector

A bit late with this one. Apologies. In September 2017, I gave a presentation at a breakfast seminar put on by the Barbados Coalition of Service Industries. The seminar was focused on E-Commerce in Barbados and I was asked to consider legal implications. My presentation touched on: Elements of an enabling e-commerce environment. Common barriers…