Jamaican companies must get to know the Data Protection Act.

Companies that fail to adequately protect customers’ data could be fined up to four per cent of their revenue in the next two years. That’s part of the penalty under Jamaica’s new Data Protection Act, 2020 which awaits being put in effect. The Act seeks to safeguard the privacy and personal information of Jamaicans. It was passed in the Senate on June 12 after being approved without amendments in the House of Representatives a month earlier. The Government will not give an effective date of the Act until it has the relevant authorities in place to ensure monitoring and compliance.

 

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