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Law’s Implementation Lags

PRIVACY LAW—MALAYSIA

February 5, 2013

Malaysia’s Personal Data Protection Act 2010 was slated to be in effect January 1, but the law has not come into force, ZDNet reports. An official notification in the Government Gazette is required before the act can become formalized, the report states, and many companies are not prepared for its implementation. Some Malaysians have expressed doubt in the law’s efficacy. “Enacting an act is simple, but placing it into the actual corporate world and making sure that it’s followed is another story altogether,” said IT systems engineer Ranjeeta Kaur. The bill, first drafted in 2001, forbids disclosing or processing personal data without consent, selling data and unlawful collection of data.
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