NIDS, Data Pro­tec­tion Bill clash?

Govern­ment urged to probe harmony be­tween the two

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Ro­mario Scott/Gleaner Writer See full story at www.ja­

HAV­ING BEEN touted as a mech­a­nism that will strengthen the Na­tional Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem (NIDS), there are no spe­cific pro­vi­sions in the pro­posed Data Pro­tec­tion Act that specif­i­cally ad­dress the func­tions of the new ID sys­tem.

That’s the view of par­tic­i­pants who waded in on the pro­vi­sions of the Data Pro­tec­tion Bill dur­ing a pub­lic fo­rum held at the New Kingston cam­pus of the Univer­sity of the Com­mon­wealth Caribbean on Tues­day.

Re­spond­ing to spe­cific ques­tions about the bill, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Ja­maicans for Justice Rodje Malcolm said that noth­ing per­ti­nent to the NIDS Act was con­tained in the Data Pro­tec­tion Bill.

“It was the Govern­ment, when they passed NIDS, that said, ‘Don’t worry about the data pro­tec­tion stan­dards. It will all be in the Data Pro­tec­tion Act.’

“In fact, the NIDS project team has made sub­mis­sions to the data pro­tec­tion joint se­lect com­mit­tee in­di­cat­ing that the Data Pro­tec­tion Bill, in some respects, con­flicts with NIDS. The main prob­lem that they have are the same is­sues that Dionne [Jack­son Miller] raised – the in­for­ma­tion com­mis­sioner, dif­fer­ent stan­dards within the leg­is­la­tion and a lack of harmony be­tween the two,” Malcolm pointed out.


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