Proclaim the remaining sections of the Data Protection Act

Senate - 3rd Session - 12th Republican Parliament

WHEREAS it is provided by section 1(2) of the Data Protection Act, 2011 that the Act shall come into operation on such day as is fixed by the President by Proclamation;

AND WHEREAS Part 1 and sections 7 to 18, 22, 23, 25(1), 26 and 28 of the Act were operationalised on January 06, 2012 and section 42(a) and (b) were operationalised on August 20, 2021;

AND WHEREAS there are other sections of the Act that offer the necessary checks and balances in safeguarding the personal data/information of every citizen;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Senate call on the Government to immediately proclaim the remaining sections of the Data Protection Act and in the process ensure the necessary checks and balances aimed at safeguarding citizens’ fundamental right to privacy.

(By Senator Wade Mark)

31 Jan 2023
Senate Debate - Day 1Hansard
8 speakersShow Speakers
1.Senator Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
2.Senator the Honourable Hassel Bacchus [Minister of Digital Transformation]
3.Senator Anthony Vieira SC [Independent Senator]
5.Senator the Honourable Renuka Sagramsingh-Sooklal [Minister in the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs]
6.Senator Dr. Varma Deyalsingh [Independent Senator]
7.Senator David Nakhid [Opposition Senator]
8.Senator the Honourable Dr. Amery Browne [Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs]
28 Feb 2023
Senate Debate - Day 2Hansard

Motion amended by Sen. Armour SC
Motion amended by Sen. Lyder

9 speakersShow Speakers
1.Senator Jearlean John [Opposition Senator]
2.Senator Charrise Seepersad [Independent Senator]
3.Senator the Honourable Reginald Armour SC [Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs]
4.Senator Damian Lyder [Opposition Senator]
5.Senator Dr. Maria Dillon-Remy [Independent Senator]
6.Senator the Honourable Allyson West [Minister of Public Administration]
7.Senator Amrita Deonarine [Independent Senator]
8.Senator Anil Roberts [Opposition Senator]
9.Senator the Honourable Paula Gopee-Scoon [Minister of Trade and Industry]
28 Mar 2023
Senate Debate - Day 3Hansard

Amendment proposed by Sen. Gopee-Scoon. Amendment by Sen. Armour SC withdrawn.
Amendment by Sen. Lyder was not approved (8 for, 22 against, no abstentions).
Amendment by Sen. Gopee-Scoon was approved.
Final vote: Motion as amended by Sen. Gopee-Scoon approved (23 for, 7 against, no abstentions.)

4 speakersShow Speakers
1.Senator the Honourable Paula Gopee-Scoon [Minister of Trade and Industry]
2.Senator Hazel Thompson-Ahye [Independent Senator]
3.The Honourable Symon de Nobriga [Diego Martin Central] [Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister – Communications]
4.Senator Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]