Jamaica’s Data Protection Act should be implemented before NIDS

JIS posted an article on February 4, 2021, about the Minister of Justice hoping that the Government will implement the Data Protection Act, 2020 before the new National Identification System (NIDS) comes into effect. Below are some key highlights:

  • The Bill, which was approved without amendments in the Lower House on May 19, got the green light in June with three amendments.
  • Responding to questions from a member of the public, during the virtual town hall meeting by the Joint Select Committee on the National Identification & Registration Act, 2020, on January 27, Minister Chuck outlined that the regulations were being worked on.
  • “Once these are completed, the likelihood is that the Data Protection body will be set up,” Mr Chuck said.
  • Marlene Malahoo Forte, said implementation of the Data Protection Act will be critical to the implementation of the NIDS law.

 

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