Last year the Government of Bermuda, under the Ministry of
Economic Development, introduced a Draft Model Personal Information
Protection Act (PIPA) that fortified privacy protection rights for
all residents. The PIPA Draft Model was sent out for public
consultation from July 10th to August 17th, 2015. It covered
personal information in both the online and offline environments
(ie. filing cabinets), including provisions for the protection of
children's personal information, the use of
"sensitive" information such as details about one's
race, religion, sexual orientation, etc, and access to medical
This very timely and important piece of legislation passed in
the House on Friday July 15th.
In a recent
news article, Dr. Grant Gibbons, Minister of Economic
Development, indicated that 'Pipa will give people the peace of
mind that the use of their personal information is "limited
and secure", he added, while also providing the ability to
have incorrect personal information held by an institution amended.
Privacy will be the right of the island's residents and their
families and Bermuda will be recognised internationally as a
jurisdiction that can be trusted with personal
Implementation is expected to be delayed for about two years. A
privacy commissioner will be appointed shortly, however, to help
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