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Broadcasting Commission Wants Safeguards Under Data Protection Bill

The Joint Select Committee of Parliament set up to review the proposed Data Protection Bill heard more submissions last week on ways to enhance data protection in Jamaica, and there was a proposal from the Broadcasting Commission, which wants that office merged with that of the powerful information commissioner under the proposed act.

The information commissioner is the all-powerful officer who will answer to no one, and will be the sole keeper of data under the act.

Professor Anthony Clayton, chairman of the Broadcasting Commission, who was one of five presenters, said the commission will use the proposed legislation to change the general attitude towards data sharing and protection, as well as increase digital literacy.

Clayton said individuals were giving entities like Google important personal data without reading consent clauses before downloads. He said an entity like Google could predict when someone would divorce, based on prior searches, as individuals were moving away from established media to social media for information.

Read the full article online in The Gleaner