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Barbados Integrity in Public Life bill lacking

Barbados Today published an article on July 30, 2020, on the loss of support of the Integrity due to Omissions.

Senator Toni Moore will remove her support from the Integrity in Public Life Bill if clarification of some aspects of the legislation is not given due to the ambiguous nature. Because of this, she then stated that she would not be voting for the current bill although she does believe in integrity. An example of an issue she faces with the bill is the lack of protection for a whistleblower and the “broad powers” of the proposed integrity commission. The value of the broad powers solely depends on the officers selected and if improperly placed, a significant compromise can potentially be faced. The protection of the people that will be involved in bringing information is highly critical and the current piece of legislation offers no protection.

Another issue of concern is the registrable interest, which is a register which states all of a public figure’s financial information and other assets. This can be seen as intrusive as the information is being placed for “public interest” making it accessible to any member of the public for examination. There is a borderline invasion of privacy and when the registrable interest is made available to the public, it can affect the data protection legislation which was previously passed.

 

Reference: barbadostoday.bb


Contributed by Racquel Bailey from Jamaica. Racquel is a member of the WISC Discord group from the G5 Cyber Security Foundation Ltd. Learn more about WISC (Women in InfoSec Caribbean) at wiscaribbean.org. WISC is a non-profit initiative supporting  Caribbean women and girls to develop a career in Information Security.

 

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