By: Sonny Zulhuda
Legal Responses and Liabilities to the Personal Data Protection
The apprehension of consumers regarding the use of their personal data is increasing. A survey on March 2001 published by the Asian Wall Street Journal and Harris Interactive found that 73% Net users are concerned with their personal privacy on the Internet (AWSJ, 22/3/2001). This fact and many more similar surveys conducted worldwide brought policy makers to ponder on how, and to what extent, the state can make laws and regulations to protect people’s right to control the use and exploitation of their personal data in the networked world.
Questions as to which approach is more effective arise. And there are at least two different approaches being championed by different jurisdictions, and eventually inspired others in the world to adopt. The choice is between having state’s legislation to regulate this problem or to leave the Internet industries to regulate themselves. It is submitted that a working knowledge of those legal requirements is essential for parties in a business organizations involved with data systems that store or process the personal data of members of the public.