Co-authors: Timothy Faries and Steven Rees Davies
The Personal Information Protection Act 2016
(Bill) was tabled in the Bermuda House of Assembly
on 1 July 2016 and underwent its second reading in the House on 13
The Bill is intended to provide a bespoke privacy framework for
the protection of personal information in both online and offline
environments. This framework both adheres to recognised
international standards for privacy protection and recognises
Bermuda's growing digital market and unique regulatory
The draft legislation takes into account recent global privacy
developments, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation
and the EU-US Privacy Shield and will form a critical component of
the jurisdiction's developing cybersecurity laws.
In light of Brexit and the UK's recent decision to leave the
European Union, the introduction of information privacy law to
Bermuda will be timely and will enable the Bermuda Government to
seek confirmation of the jurisdiction's "Adequacy"
from the European Union. This would permit the free transferability
of personal information maintained and held by businesses between
affiliates in Bermuda and member states of the European Union.
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