KUALA LUMPUR: The Communications and Multimedia Ministry is currently reviewing the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 (PDPA) to include penalties against organisations whose systems are breached and customer data leaked.
“I understand your question and we will also be looking at those who are in possession of data that is breached and for action to be taken against them, ” said Minister Gobind Singh Deo.
“So the scope will be much wider than just looking at the cybercriminals involved, ” he said when answering a question by Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee (PH-Beluran) during Question Time.
Dr Kiandee asked if the review would also include imposing penalties against companies whose data security systems had been breached by cybercriminals.
He cited examples where the data of 20,000 health patients from an insurance company and data of 46 million passengers from several airline companies were stolen by hackers.
Gobind also said the review would consider imposing penalties against those who obtain or come into possession of leaked data in an unlawful manner.
“This will also include action against those who misuse leaked data, ” he said.
He added that the review would also look at strengthening cooperation between Asean countries to better deal with cross-border hackers.
“The review will ensure that data leakage will be contained, ” he added.
Gobind said the review was necessary to keep abreast with the rapid developments in the digital and e-commerce sectors.
He added that any changes to the law would only be done after getting feedback from relevant parties.
According to Gobind, since 2017 and as at October this year, five individuals had been charged and fined a total of RM54,000 for breach of confidential personal data, with seven others slapped with compounds totalling RM80,000.
On a separate matter, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission’s website Sebenarnya.my to counter fake news recorded more than 70 million views since it was set up in March 2017.
He added that the portal also received 3,361 reports from members of the public of news whose truth could not be verified.
“The number of reports of fake news from the public had also increased by 55% from 340 last year to 572 as at September this year, ” he said when answering a question by Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz (PAS-Bachok) in Parliament yesterday.
He added that the increase in the number of complaints on fake news revealed that the public were now more aware.