BREAKING NEWS: PDPA amendments to be tabled in current Parliament session

This afternoon, the Ministry of Digital, Gobind Singh Deo, issued a statement that the Cabinet has approved the proposed amendments to the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 (PDPA), and that the amendments are expected to be tabled before the Dewan Rakyat (House of Representatives), during its current session which takes place until 18 July 2024.
The key proposed amendments include the mandatory notification of personal data breaches, additional compliance responsibilities for data processors, and the appointment of data protection officers. Other amendments include the introduction of the right to data portability, and removal of the white-list regime for cross border transfers.
The Minister also stated that these amendments are necessary to ensure that Malaysia’s personal data protection legislation aligns with global standards, changes and legal developments, and that input from various stakeholders has been considered by the office of the Personal Data Protection Commissioner in drafting the amendments.
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