Malaysia's Lower House of Parliament yesterday passed The Personal Data Protection Bill, reports. The bill seeks to prevent data theft and misuse of personal data. It will bring the appointment of a personal data protection commissioner, and will require credit agencies to apply to the commissioner's office before they can store individuals' personal data in databases. It will also establish a code of practice to regulate dealings with personal information. The bill will now move to Parliament's Upper House. If passed into law, offenders could face two-year jail terms, fines of up to RM200,000, or both.
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