Malaysia seeks to expand personal data protection

Malaysia is looking to impose a data breach notification (DBN) requirement to its existing data privacy law, which would impact companies around the world who do business in Malaysia.

  • The Malaysian Personal Data Protection Commissioner is currently hearing feedback on Public Consultation Paper No. 1/2018, which would impose a DBN requirement on companies that need to be registered with the Commissioner.
  • The industries most likely to be impacted by the DBN requirement are the financial, insurance, communication, and healthcare sectors.
  • The DBN requirement would differ from other breach notification requirements—including within Malaysia itself.

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