The government has granted a six-month grace period for data controllers to register as the Data Protection Act comes into effect.

The grace was announced by Minister with Responsibility for Skills and Digital Transformation, Senator Dr. Dana Morris-Dixon.

Registration with the Office of the Information Commissioner, OIC, under the Act will start on Friday, December 1, 2023, which is the official implementation date of the legislation.

The Data Protection Act was passed in Parliament in June 2020.

It provides guidelines on how personal data should be handled in physical or electronic form.

Minister Morris-Dixon says several entities need more time to be compliant and has extended half a year’s worth of relief.

She is encouraging other persons who are not yet prepared for registration, whether because they have not yet appointed a Data Protection Officer or for other reasons, to take advantage of the grace period by using the time to ensure their readiness for registration.