The Senate Wednesday ratified a bicameral committee report on the Data Protection Act, according to the Zambo Times. The legislation would mandate that each public- and private-sector entity "protect and preserve the integrity, security and confidentiality of personal data collected in its operations," the report states. Based on the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC, the act would also establish a National Privacy Commission to implement and enforce the bill's provisions. Journalists have criticized portions of the legislation because of strong penalties around "leaked" information.
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