Haji Abu Hassan Ismail

Retirement of Haji Abu Hassan Ismail

With the retirement of Haji Abu Hassan Ismail as the Director General of the Personal Data Protection Department, Encik Mazmalek bin Mohamad has been appointed as the new Director General of the Personal Data Protection Department effective from 1st October 2014.

Director General of the Malaysia Personal Data Protection Department

According to the Facebook page of the Personal Data Protection Department (PDPA), the former Director General of the PDPD, Encik Abu Hassan bin Ismail has been reappointed as the Director General of the PDPD.

I would like to congratulate Encik Abu Hassan bin Ismail for his reappointment.

Enforcement of the Personal Data Protection Act 2010

On 9 July 2013, the Bar Council Intellectual Property Committee and myself paid a courtesy visit to the Personal Data Protection Department at Putrajaya. We were received by the Deputy Director General of Personal Data Protection Department, Dr. Zainal Abidin Bin Sait and his team.

In the meeting, we have been informed that, among others, the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 (PDPA) will be in force on 16 August 2013. Former Director General of the PDPD, Tuan Haji Abu Hassan Ismail will be appointed the Commissioner.

The Data User registration regime will also be in force. Under this regime, designated class of data users will be required to register with the Commissioner (see Public Consultation No. 2/2012 entitled “Class Of Data User Under The Personal Data Protection Act 2010 And Proposed Fees for the proposed class of users).

Seminar for awareness of personal data protection 2012

The Personal Data Protection Department of Malaysia (PDPD) (Jabatan Perlindungan Data Peribadi Malaysia) held the above event on 9 February 2012 at Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

In this seminar, Tuan Haji Abu Hassan Ismail, the Director General of the PDPD announced that the enforcement date of the Personal Data Protection 2010 (PDPA) will be announced in due course as the PDPD is at the midst of setting up. He has also added that there will be no guidelines issued at the time being.

[Postscript: Bernama reports that the PDPA will be in force in June 2012. This may not be correct in view of Director General’s statement]

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