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.
Global Data Review recently reached out for comments on a recently announced collaboration between the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States and Facebook. Under the initiative, the OECS will have access to Facebook’s Disaster Maps feature in the event of natural disasters. Links: Read the Global Data Review article here [subscription required]; a copy of the […]
A new draft of the proposed Barbados Data Protection Bill has been circulated. See a copy here.
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 […]
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 […]
The Government of Barbados has released for comment, a 2018 draft of the Data Protection Bill (Mirror ). The draft bill is open for public input until July 31, 2018. While the timing is somewhat short for a bill with such far reaching implications, I think its commendable that the bill is being opened up to […]
I recently published an article with practical tips for businesses who wish to give serious consideration to privacy and protecting their customers’ data. My article appears in Vol 4 of the Exporter magazine which is published by the Barbados Coalition of Service Industries. This edition of the magazine’s theme is “ICT in a 21st Century […]
Newsday Trinidad reports that the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT), has issued a reminder to the telecos in the twin-island republic to protect the data of their customers. TATT’s reminder comes in the wake of the public disclosure of the telephone records of a government minister. The minister’s unfortunate circumstances aside, this story […]
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 […]