St, Marteen News published an article on August 11, 2020, about the ECLAC meeting discussing data protection, privacy rights, and e-government in the Caribbean. Here’s a summary:
- Caribbean countries are prepping to adopt or strengthen their data protection legislation which guarantees individual privacy rights, safeguarding personal data while creating an environment for data sharing and e-government in the subregion.
- The benefits were discussed during a virtual expert group meeting (EGM) hosted by ECLAC Caribbean on July 15, 2020.
- The EGM was based on the upcoming study that reviews the data protection legislation of specific Caribbean countries to assess their alignment with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and international best practices for data sharing.
- The study will make targeted recommendations for the revision of existing or adopting legislation in compliance with regional and international standards and protection of privacy.
- ECLAC Caribbean Director, Diane Quarless, stated that providing a level of data protection for personal data abiding under the GDPR can ensure a continuous flow of information to and from the Caribbean with significant economic value for countries in the subregion.
- The ECLAC study will also make recommendations on facilitating the cross-border transfer of data, balancing freedom of expression with privacy rights, among other things.
- Representatives of government ministries, departments, and supervisory authorities responsible for data protection, information sharing, and e-government from participating countries Antigua and Barbuda,
- The Bahamas, Belize, and other countries along with representatives of the Caribbean and EU organization with data protection and e-government mandates.
Contributed by Racquel Bailey from Jamaica. Racquel is a member of our Women in InfoSec Caribbean (WISC) initiative on Discord. WISC is a non-profit initiative supporting Caribbean women and girls to develop a career in Information Security. Learn more about WISC at wiscaribbean.org.