The Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) as the Interim Data Office is developing a new law for the protection of individuals’ personal data which will apply to the private sector in Brunei covering both commercial and non-commercial organisations.

This new data protection law will help businesses ensure that personal data is secure and properly protected, it said in a press statement.

AITI is looking into global best practices and conducting consultations to ensure that implementation is tailored to the local context.

“The law aims to improve trust between individuals and organisations by recognising both the rights of individuals to protect their personal data and the need of businesses to collect, use and disclose such personal data,” said the authority.

The law will also set out the obligations of businesses with respect to the collection, use, disclosure, or other processing of individuals’ personal data, the rights of individuals in relation to the processing of their personal data, and various matters relating to the administration and enforcement of the law.

In relation to this, AITI has released a Public Consultation Paper (PCP) on 20 May 2021 to obtain feedback on the proposed data protection law.

The PCP can be downloaded from http://bit.ly/pdpaiti and responses must be received by 5pm on Wednesday, 16 June 2021.

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AITI will also be hosting two public consultation sessions on 25 May 2021 (Tuesday) and 27 May 2021 (Thursday) from 2pm to 4pm at Dewan Amar Pahlawan at Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications to share the key concepts related to the draft law.

Interested parties can choose to attend either one of the two sessions via webinar or in-person.

To register for the in-person session, please visit: http://bit.ly/livepdp while webinar registration can be made at http://bit.ly/virtualpdp.

The sessions are open to government agencies, all businesses and the interested individuals.

Seats are limited for in-person attendance. For any enquiries regarding the public consultation on personal data protection, please e-mail pdp@aiti.gov.bn.

THE BRUNEIAN | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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