Govt to amend act to boost data protection

KUALA LUMPUR: The government is currently reviewing the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) 2010 to ensure that it is in line with new developments in the field of data protection, says Communica­tions and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo.

He said that the Ministry, through its Personal Data Protection Department, was looking to make PDPA compatible with new regulations on data protection introduced globally, such as in the European Union (EU).

This, said Gobind, will ensure that Malaysian businesses will be able to compete in the global economy without any impediment.

“In today’s digital world, data is invaluable and powerful.

“If we look at the current scenario today, the increasing flow of data and information now generate more economic value than the global goods trade.

“As businesses become more globalised, it is impractical to impose geo-restriction of data flow,” he added.

“So, in line with the development of personal data protection laws globally, industries need to strengthen their compliance in personal data governance (to suit the global market),” he said during his keynote speech at a conference titled The Impact of EU GDPR in Malaysia and Non-EU Countries at Hotel Istana here yesterday.

Citing the EU General Data Protection Regulations (EU GDPR) as an example, he said that the Ministry was keen to incorporate key points of the EU GDPR into the PDPA.

“In Europe, we can see that they have a tough stance on data protection, as seen in the EU GDPR.

“If there is a data breach, we can see that there are severe repercussions on those responsible.

“We want to see how much Malaysia wants to emulate this, so we have a system where Internet users can be confident that the laws will protect their personal data and information,” he said.

He added that there was no time frame on when the amendments to the PDPA can be done, however he said that it might be done within this year.

“There is no time limit (on when it can be done).

“We have started this since last year but it is still ongoing and I hope that by this year we can present the proposed amendments in Parliament,” he said.

The conference was organised by GRM Training and Iconic Training Solutions.

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