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Opinion: PDPA, No Commissioner, No Bite

PRIVACY LAW—MALAYSIA

October 21, 2011

While the passage of the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) made strides towards protecting personal information, some privacy experts say data abuse in Malaysia is "rampant," and without a commissioner to enforce the law, it will continue. An op-ed in The Star covers this and other concerns that experts have voiced, including the exemption of federal agencies, police and religious authorities; the lack of territorial and bodily privacy, and that the enforcing commissioner answers to the information, communication and culture minister. Data protection law expert Abu Bakar Munir details instances of data for sale and financial sites contravening the law, but, he says, "Having something is better than nothing."
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