The Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) has said that schools and other entities handling individuals’ personal information should expect an effortless process when registering with the organisation.
Celia Barclay, information commissioner of the OIC said the organisation is developing a tool which will guarantee easy submission for those attempting to register with them.
This announcement was made by Celia Barclay, information commissioner, at a recent Technology in Education Conference said the organisation, hosted by e-Learning Jamaica Company Limited in Kingston.
The OIC provides advice to the Jamaican government on matters relating to data protection and access to information. Additionally, the organisation is tasked with monitoring compliance with the Data Protection Act, 2020 (DPA) and the attendant regulations.
“Based on the volume of information that is required, as well as the large number of controllers who will need to register, it will be an electronic form. [It] will allow you to go in and select what applies to you, but at the same time be flexible enough to allow you to input information that is not specifically mentioned,” Barclay said.
Data controllers must register with the OIC when DPA takes full effect.
The form, along with the supporting regulations, will be promulgated ahead of the December 1 deadline for the full implementation of the DPA. This is to give data controllers enough time to become compliant with the legislation.
In addition to the deadline, institutions urged to recognise their obligations that are set out in the DPA as non-compliance will put them at risk of prosecution, imprisonment, and liability for fines.
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