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House Passes Data Protection Bill

PRIVACY LAW—MALAYSIA

April 6, 2010

Malaysia's Lower House of Parliament yesterday passed The Personal Data Protection Bill, Bernama.com reports. The bill seeks to prevent data theft and misuse of personal data. It will bring the appointment of a personal data protection commissioner, and will require credit agencies to apply to the commissioner's office before they can store individuals' personal data in databases. It will also establish a code of practice to regulate dealings with personal information. The bill will now move to Parliament's Upper House. If passed into law, offenders could face two-year jail terms, fines of up to RM200,000, or both.
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