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Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, has informed that the Data Protection Act will be promulgated within this financial year.

Making his contribution to the 2012/13 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representative on July 31, Mr. Robinson said the Data Protection Act will seek to protect the privacy of individuals in relation to personal data and the regulation of the collection, processing, keeping, use and disclosure of certain information relating to individuals.

"There was a need for more uniform, robust and clear mandate to protect privacy and personal information," Mr. Robinson said.

The State Minister also informed that the Government will be establishing a single Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Regulator within the next financial year (2013/14).

He said this will involve the fusion of the telecommunications regulatory functions of the Office of Utilities Regulation, the radio spectrum technical functions of the Broadcasting Commission and the spectrum management functions of the Spectrum Management Authority.

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