Employee Data Privacy

Pakistan - Data Privacy Laws and Regulations

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What laws apply to the collection and use of individuals’ personal information?


Data privacy laws have become more prominent in recent years. As the amount of personal information available online has grown substantially, there has been an enhanced focus on the processing of personal data, as well as the enforcement of such laws.

Pakistan does not currently have an overarching personal information protection law. The Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan gives individuals the right to the privacy of home and the dignity of man (Art 14(1)). Case law interprets this right to include data information and privacy.

In May 2020, the draft Personal Data Protection Bill 2020 (Bill 2020) was published. At this time, it’s unclear whether this bill will be passed into law. If the Bill passes, it will come into force between one and two years after going into effect.

The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 (Act No. XL of 2016) (PECA) addresses crimes relating to unauthorized access to data.

In addition, there is some sector-specific legislation relating to data protection. For example, the Payment Systems and Electronic Funds Transfers Act 2007, provides for the secrecy of financial institutions and protection of customer information.

 

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There is no overarching authority relating to personal data protection. If the Personal Data Protection Bill 2020 passes, the Personal Data Protection Authority of Pakistan would be responsible for data protection.

UKG's HR Compliance Assist team relies on a network of internal and external compliance experts and lawyers to provide clients with best practices and recommendations on topics such as HR document retention, employee data privacy, and HR electronic records. HR Compliance Assist also provides local compliance monitoring and alert services in select countries where UKG's customers have employees. HR Compliance Assist is a service exclusively available to UKG customers.

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