Commission To Be Established by January
DATA PROTECTION—MALAYSIAJune 30, 2010
The Star reports that a personal data commission will be created by January of next year. The commission's establishment follows the passage of The Personal Data Protection Bill in April, which will also establish a code of practice to regulate dealings with personal information and require credit agencies to apply to the commissioner's office to store personal data. The Information, Communication and Culture minister says his department is now in talks with the Public Service Department on manpower needs and other requirements for the commission. "The commissioner is not just anybody. He has to be trained in interrogations, cross-examinations in court proceedings and others," said the minister.