Dr. Dana Morris Dixon
By Lorraine Mendez
Data controllers will have a further six months to comply with the registration requirement under the Data Protection Act.
The requirement for data controllers to register with the Office of the Information Commissioner took effect today, December 1.
But Minister with Responsibility for Skills and Digital Transformation, Dr. Dana Morris Dixon, says relevant businesses and individuals have asked for more time to become compliant.
"As a consequence, the administration is giving them more time. So we do start December 1 with the Data Protection Act coming into effect, but our companies will have a grace period within which to register," she announced.
Dr. Morris Dixon said registration is being facilitated as of today at oic.gov.jm.
Businesses or individuals who process people's personal data for certain purposes are considered data controllers and are required to register with the Office of the Information Commissioner.
Public authorities, financial institutions, educational institutions, health service providers, security services providers, other large-scale processors, and processors of sensitive personal data, are invited to register as a matter of priority.