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Data Protection Act Will Safeguard Personal Data

PRIVACY LAW—MALAYSIA

March 1, 2012

Expected to go into effect in June, the Malaysian Personal Data Protection Act will make such practices as disclosing or processing personal data without consent; selling data; unlawful collection of data, and failure to register data punishable offenses, reports Bernama. Organizations found in violation of the act will be subject to fines of up to RM500,000 and up to three years in prison, depending on the type of incident. "The newly-appointed Director-General of the Personal Data Protection Department, Abu Hassan Ismail, said the department accepted the challenges in implementing the act," the report states.
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