Personal data protection must be perceived as a basic right of the individual that deserves the full protection of the law. In a fully connected world where huge amounts of information are collected, manipulated, used and shared, this is of paramount importance and has prompted many countries including Malaysia to regulate such processing. Data Protection in Malaysia, thus far, has been piecemeal and generally self regulated. However, in keeping with international practice, the Government has decided to regulate the processing of personal data via the PDPA 2010. The PDPA is a compliance statute and requires enterprises to be compliant within 3 months of the coming into force of the Act. This Seminar will give participants a broad overview of the Act and how to institute a compliance programme within an organization.
Highlights of the PDPA
It applies to all enterprises that process personal data as part of a Commercial Transaction
The 7 Data Protection principles – the sub- stratum of data protection around the world
Data User Forum - Powers to Industry groupings to self-regulate
Extensive rights given to the Data Subjects to deal with their personal data – empowering the consumer!
PDPA is managed by a PDP Commissioner who has extensive powers to administer the Act
PDPA mandates compliance – non-compliance is not an option
Non-compliance invites criminal penalties - fines and/or imprisonment of senior management
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