The data protection bill 2009 is to be tabled and debated in the March sitting of parliament. Please read and post any comments and feedbacks that can make the bill more effective in its purpose.
An act which regulate the processing of personal data in commercial transactions and to provide for matters therewith and incidental thereto.The aim of this bill is to regulate the collection, holding, processing and using of any data or information pertaining to an individual person, such as name, date of birth, address, sex, finances, preferences, etc.
Besides that, it is also to provide adequate security and privacy in handling personal information, create confidence among consumers and users of both networked and non-network environment, accelerate uptake of electronic transactions, and promote a secure electronic environment in line with the objectives of MSC. The Bill sets up the appointment of a Commissioner for personal data protection and a personal data protection tribunal.
Under the proposed Bill, all the data must be collected fairly and lawfully and the purpose of collecting the data must be specified and lawful.Personal data must only be used for the purpose in which the data is collected or any other purposes directly related to it. (more…)