As Bermuda is preparing for the full implementation of the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) 2016 on 1 January 2025, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Bermuda (PrivCom) has launched a new website. It has been designed to facilitate easy access to essential information for organisations and individuals.
The brand-new website will help organisations and individuals better orient themselves in Bermuda’s data privacy law, PIPA. Developed by PrivCom’s Policy & Communications Unit, the website is designed to be intuitive, seamless, and easy to navigate. The website features both new content, as well as content that users will recognise from previously browsing PrivCom’s website.
Recently appointed Deputy Privacy Commissioner, Angie Farquharson, said: “The website, which boasts visually engaging graphic design, is user-friendly and informative. It offers users a seamless browsing experience and enhanced features whilst directing them to different sections online that are key to understanding PIPA.”
The first phase of the new web launch is targeted towards organisations. PrivCom has made available a full Guide to PIPA which highlights elements of the legislation and contains helpful guidance for organisations relating to their obligations and compliance under PIPA. The organisations’ section of the website – Organisations’ Hub – also features a webpage specifically dedicated to small businesses. More guidance is to follow over the next couple of months. The guidance will include:
guidance on uses of personal information by organisations in Bermuda,
guidance on privacy in the workplace, and
advice on the rights of individuals under PIPA.
The new website will also aid users in deciding whether their query is, in fact, privacy related. “Often,” continues Ms. Farquharson, “PrivCom receives calls regarding human rights issues or public access to information (PATI) requests. Our redesigned website offers direction to users who can determine if they should reach out to other entities, such as the Human Rights Commission or the Information Commissioner’s Office.”
According to Commissioner White, “our office wants to ensure that when it comes to privacy, we meet the needs of as many stakeholders as possible and support them by issuing appropriate guidance and advice.”
To read PrivCom’s Press Background, click here.