Ombudsman urges preparation for data protection law

| 01/06/2018 | 6 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Ombudsman has published a Data Protection Fact Sheet to help guide the community on complying with the legislation, which comes into effect here in January. The law is compatible with rules in the European Union (EU), and shares many of the same provisions with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force on 25 May and many Cayman-based businesses have already begun to implement the requirements of the Cayman legislation. But for those that haven’t, there are still more than six months to comply.

The Ombudsman will be enforcing the DPL, and has now published guidance entitled Data Protection Fact Sheet – Ten steps to take now.

Ombudsman Sandy Hermiston is encouraging everyone who gathers personal data to take these ten steps to raise awareness, become familiar with basic concepts, and learn more about their legal rights and obligations.

The office also has plans to produce more tools to help individuals and businesses understand their rights and obligations under the DPL in the coming months.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    This is going to require a complete social culture change in Cayman. Gossip will still be just gossip, but a person’s private information is a persons PRIVATE information. If you look something up at work about a third person and repeat it outside of work, you will have broken the law. If you look something up at work and use it for your own purposes, you will have broken the law. Even if you accidentally come into possession of information gathered for a specific purpose, you will break the law by sharing it with someone who isn’t authorised. You can’t give personal information (as defined by the Act) about an individual to a third party, in any way, without the consent of the individual and no business or institution can take instructions from one person, on behalf of another, without the first person’s express consent. Even spouses may not obtain information on the other or issue instructions on their behalf without consent.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This law was brought in to benefit a few lawyers and fund managers who want to attract European business but it will cost government a lot to administer it and it will cost local businesses millions to implement. It is another example of no one in government having the common sense to do a cost/benefit study of laws and regulations before passing them.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, and no-one ever walked on the moon, global warming is a myth and the world is run by a sub-committee of the Bilderberg Group.

    • Anonymous says:

      Replacing the banking secrecy laws with an overall data protection law, in line with the UK (and later the USA and EU) is a wholly pragmatic and sensible move, that cannot be criticised internationally and can be pointed to as an example of how Cayman is modernising it’s legal system in line with international standards. In fact, without one, it might become more difficult to attract business to Cayman

  3. rick says:

    Everyone knows that Caymanians know everyone bussiness

  4. Anonymous says:

    i would guess no back dating of law?

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