Last updated on December 26th, 2020

PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION

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An Act to regulate the processing of personal data in commercial transactions and to provide for matters relating and incidental thereto.

PURPOSE

Provides protection to a person's personal information processed for the purpose of commercial transactions.
OBJECTIVE
1. Regulate Personal Data processing activities by data users in commercial transactions.
2. Protect the importance of public personal data.

DEFINITION OF PERSONAL DATA

Any information that is being processed (in part or in whole) in a commercial transaction, which is directly or indirectly related to a data subject, which causes it to be identifiable from that information, or to match that information and other information in the possession of data users. For example: Name, No. identity card number. Passport, Address, Telephone Number etc.
APPLICATION OF ACT 709
This Act applies to:
• Any person who processes personal data; and
• persons who have control or authorize the processing of Personal Data in commercial transactions.
If:
• It is established in Malaysia and processes Personal Data; or
• if using equipment in Malaysia to process the Personal Data other than for transit.
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