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Malaysia: MCMM releases outline of proposed PDPA amendments

The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia ('MCMM') released, on 12 February 2020, an outline of the proposed amendments ('the Amendments') to the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 ('PDPA') and has requested public comments on the same. In particular, the Amendments include expanding the PDPA's application to data processors, requiring data users to report incidents of data leakage to authorities, expanding data subject rights, and facilitating the cross-border transfer of personal data. The MCMM notes that the Amendments aim to strengthen the protection of personal data in Malaysia and ensure that the PDPA is in line with the digital economy, technology, social, and environmental development.

The public consultation will take place from 14 February 2020 to 28 February 2020 and comments can be submitted via email to [email protected]

You can read the Amendments, only available in Malay, here

UPDATE (14 February 2020) 

PDP releases full version of proposed PDPA amendments 

The Department of Personal Data Protection ('PDP') released, on 14 February 2020, Public Consultation Paper No. 10/2020 – Review of Personal Data Protection Act 2010 (Act 709) ('the Consultation Paper'). In particular, the Consultation Paper includes the full version of the proposed amendments to the PDPA and provides detailed guidance on the submission of public comments. 

You can read the Consultation Paper here