Commissioner White to speak at 2020 Bermuda Tech Summit [Updated with video]
Update: Bermuda's Business Development Agency has posted sessions from this event on their YouTube page. Commissioner White's session is available here:
During the 2020 Virtual Bermuda Tech Summit, hosted by the Business Development Agency (BDA), you can hear from Commissioner White as part of the "In-Demand Sessions."
The commissioner will speak about his Mid-Atlantic Privacy approach and how our office's regulatory support helps technology companies develop privacy practices to navigate worldwide regulations. Through programmes like the Privacy Innovation and Knowledge-Sharing ("Pink") Sandbox, organisations will receive support to protect individual rights, enable business operations, and embrace challenges to innovate while protecting privacy.
The 2020 Virtual Bermuda Tech Summit will take place from 14-16 October. You can learn more and register for free at the BDA's web site.
To reach out to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, please visit our Contact Us page.
Rights and responsibilities relating to data privacy are set out in the Personal Information Protection Act 2016 (PIPA). Bermuda's PIPA received Royal Assent on 27 July 2016. Sections relating to the appointment of the Privacy Commissioner were enacted on 2 December 2016, including the creation of the Office as well as those duties and powers relevant to its operation in the period leading up to the implementation of the whole Act. The Commissioner works to facilitate the advancement of consequential amendments to other Acts in order to harmonise them with PIPA.
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Bermuda (PrivCom) is an independent supervisory authority established in accordance with the Personal Information Protection Act 2016 (PIPA).
The mandate of the Privacy Commissioner is to regulate the use of personal information by organisations in a manner which recognizes both the need to protect the rights of individuals in relation to their personal information and the need for organisations to use personal information for legitimate purposes, among other duties.
The Privacy Commissioner's powers and responsibilities include monitoring the processing of personal information by both private- and public-sector organisations, investigating compliance with PIPA, issue guidance and recommendations, liaise with other enforcement agencies, and advise on policies and legislation that affect privacy. PrivCom also works to raise awareness and educate the public about privacy risks, and to protect people’s rights and freedoms when their personal data is used. The general powers of the Privacy Commissioner are outlined in Article 29 of PIPA.
Alexander White (Privacy Commissioner) was appointed by His Excellency the Governor, after consultation with the Premier and Opposition Leader, to take office on 20 January 2020.
Privacy is the right of an individual to be left alone and in control of information about oneself. In addition to the protections in PIPA, the right to privacy or private life is enshrined in the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 12) and the European Convention of Human Rights (Article 8).
"Personal information" or data is a defined term in PIPA that means any information about an an identified or identifiable individual. Examples include names, dates of birth, photographs, video footage, email addresses and telephone numbers. "Sensitive personal information" is a defined term in PIPA that includes information relating to such aspects as place of origin, race, colour, sex, sexual life, health, disabilities, religious beliefs, and biometric and genetic information. (Note: This is not a complete list.)
"Use" of personal information is a defined term in PIPA that means "carrying out any operation on personal information, including collecting, obtaining, recording, holding, storing, organising, adapting, altering, retrieving, transferring, consulting, disclosing, disseminating or otherwise making available, combining, blocking, erasing or destroying it."
About 2020 Virtual Bermuda Tech Summit: As described on the BDA's dedicated web site, "the Bermuda Summit will explore how businesses, industries and economies are transforming in the face of technological disruption with the pace of change and digital adoption having been accelerated by Covid-19. Please join us as we showcase case studies, pilot projects and thought leadership that demonstrates the impact that technology can have on a society and be used as a lever to drive business forward. This free to attend VIRTUAL summit features engaging panel discussions and networking opportunities with industry experts. Hear how new technologies will drive efficiencies in business and what Bermuda has to offer as a testbed and domicile of choice for tech companies and start-ups." For more, see https://www.bda.bm/events/bermuda-virtual-tech-summit-2020-accelerated-transformation/