Changes coming for Jamaica’s Data Protection Act

The Joint Select Committee (JSC) reviewing the Data Protection Act is seeking to have companies and individuals that collect data get customers’ explicit consent for direct marketing.

The JSC agreed on the policy on Wednesday, and it will be an adaptation of the South African Protection of Personal Information model and will be taken to Parliament for approval before being passed into law.

The Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology was against the proposal by the Jamaica Bar Association, but with the insistence of the JSC, lead by government Senator Robert Morgan, the agreement was reached.

It also established a variety of consensual circumstances for personal data sharing for marketing purposes and the responsibilities of the data controller.