Learning from JAMCOVID

The Jamaica Observer published an opinion article on March 24, 2021, that asks whether Jamaica has learned from the JAMCOVID (data breach). Below are some key highlights:

  • IT was recently announced that on Monday, March 22, 2021 the Government of Jamaica will launch its web-based system for the registration and scheduling of appointments for individuals who wish to receive COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Has the Ministry of Health, notwithstanding that the application is being provided by an international organisation, completed the requisite due diligence and risk assessment on the application as it relates to how it processes the personal data of Jamaican residents and shares the personal data between third parties?
  • Notwithstanding the necessity and the lawfulness of the processing, the MoHW is obliged to ensure that the requisite measures are in place to safeguard the personal data of citizens when processed in this manner.
  • There are a number of specific issues that the MoHW ought to have addressed their mind to: • If so, what is the logical flow of data between the vaccine information system and the various other systems and stakeholders who will participate in the end-to-end process?
  • Let us demonstrate that we have learnt from the valuable lessons that we have been taught.



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