At least two state-run offices have started the hunt for a professional or firm to design and guide the execution of a data protection and privacy programme ahead of the December 1 implementation of the Data Protection Act.
Both the Urban Development Corporation of Jamaica and the Ministry of Science, Energy and Telecommunications and Transport have publicly advertised vacancies to have a firm or individual working in office on the reform of their data-processing practices.
Private sector organizations are also bracing for the change by getting registered with the Office of the Information Commissioner.
The state of readiness of both public and private entities is yet to be confirmed.
Banks have announced that the laws that guide their operation already demand protection of banking and account holder information so compliance with the act for them won't be as onerous as the retail sector.