Bermuda has appointed its first Privacy Commissioner, a role established under the Personal Information Protection Act 2016 (PIPA). The new commissioner will be tasked with fully implementing the PIPA legislation. Certain sections of PIPA came into force in 2016, and this appointment is an important step in bringing the remaining operative provisions into force. Organisations that have not yet reviewed their obligations under PIPA would be well advised to do so now.
Alexander White, a US lawyer, has been appointed Privacy Commissioner with effect from 20 January 2020. He will be responsible for setting up the Privacy Commissioner’s Office, hiring and training staff, undertaking investigations, providing reports and developing public awareness of the rights of individuals and the obligations of organisations under PIPA.
PIPA sets out how organisations, businesses and the Bermuda Government may use personal information. It applies to every individual, entity or public authority that uses personal information in Bermuda, including non-profits. The legislation reflects a set of internationally accepted privacy principles and good business practices for the use of personal information in the digital age.
“Personal information” is defined as any information about an identified or identifiable individual. “Use” is defined very broadly and includes collecting, storing, disclosing, transferring and destroying information.
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