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Long-Delayed Data Protection Law Now In Effect

PRIVACY LAW—MALAYSIA

November 20, 2013

Passed originally in 2010, Malaysia’s Data Protection Law is now actually in effect, after years of postponements. Hunton & Williams’ Privacy and Information Security Law Blog reports that the Malaysian Minister of Communications and Multimedia announced on November 14 that the law would go into effect the next day, leaving professionals to scramble to make sure they are in compliance. Major features of the law include: An exemption for Malaysia’s federal and state governments, a category of personal data that is considered so sensitive that it requires explicit consent, cross-border transfer restrictions and criminal penalties of up to $156,000 and imprisonment of up to three years.
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