Caribbean data protection laws to be reviewed

The Jamaica Observer published an article on August 11, 2020 about the Revision of the Caribbean’s Data Protection Laws by the ECLAC. Here’s a summary.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has set gears to review the data protection legislation of specific Caribbean countries to judge if they are in keeping with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and international best practices as it relates to data sharing. It is their belief that there are benefits in implementing internationally aligned data protection as it strengthens their data protection legislation to guarantee individual privacy rights and safeguard personal data. It is also expected to make recommendations on facilitating activities such as cross-border data transfers and the vacancies of freedom of expression through privacy rights.

The ECLAC’s Caribbean Director stated that in providing a level of data protection for personal data is equivalent to the data protection in the GDPR which ensures a continuous flow of information to and from the Caribbean with significant economic value for countries in the subregion. The global e-commerce offers brew opportune services for Caribbean Organizations to operate in international markets. There will also be a reduction in the financial penalties for Caribbean organizations since the processing of personal data of EU citizens outside the EU are liable for fines under the GDPR which aligns national regimes.



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 WISC is a non-profit initiative supporting Caribbean women and girls to develop a career in Information Security.

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