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Data Protection Law implementation delayed: Ombudsman’s Office “disappointed”

Government has postponed the start of Cayman’s Data Protection legislation.

It was scheduled to come into force in January.

The Ombudsman’s Office said on Thursday (29 November) they were disappointed by the delay.

The new rules were set up to protect individuals’ personal data.

A Government Information Services statement on Thursday said the law was pushed back after the financial services industry called for more time to prepare for its enactment.

Ombudsman Sandy Hermiston said her office had been “working diligently to ensure we are fully prepared for our office’s enforcement role…. given the extra time being made available for preparation by data controllers, it is appropriate to expect a higher level of compliance.”

The law will now come into effect on 30 September, 2019.

Read Government’s statement here:

Data Protection Law Start Postponed

The Ombudsman’s Office full statement:

“The Office of the Ombudsman is disappointed with the delay in the implementation of the Data Protection Law.  We have been working diligently to ensure we are fully prepared for our office’s enforcement role.  We have prepared guidance and conducted a large number of in-depth awareness sessions with the anticipated January 2019 rollout in mind.  We recently hired a Senior Data Protection Analyst and the recruitment of a junior Data Protection was in the works but has now been canceled.” 

“We have already had internal discussions to plan the best way of utilizing the additional time now available to us in the coming months. Amongst other things, we will fine-tune our proactive audit tools, so as to be ready upon commencement of the Law to investigate specific data controllers and/or industries for compliance with their statutory obligations under the DPL. Given the extra time being made available for preparation by data controllers, it is appropriate to expect a higher level of compliance.” 

“We are hopeful that the extra time will afford everyone an opportunity to make meaningful advancements in preparation for the new Law.”

 

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Caroline James

Caroline James

Caroline joined Cayman 27 in September 2018 after seven years working for Sky News in London, both as a Producer on the World News programme and, latterly, as News Editor on the Foreign Desk, where she led coverage on the ground of stories as diverse as the 2016 US Election, corruption allegations surrounding FIFA and The Oscars. Before this, she worked as a Producer for Associated Press Television News (APTN) for two years, based in their London headquarters. Caroline graduated with a BA Hons degree in Arabic, French and German from Durham University, before gaining an MA in Television Journalism with distinction at City University, London. When not hunting down stories in Cayman, she can be found playing tennis, practicing Bikram yoga or enjoying a beer on Seven Mile Beach. You can reach Caroline at carolinejames@hurleysmedia.ky or 326-2243.

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