In the framework of the European project designed to respond to the needs of the Caribbean region, the FIIAPP is carrying out activities to bring the Spanish experience on digitisation and data protection closer to the Caribbean region.
Trinidad and Tobago has made a strong commitment to digitisation and at the same time is making progress on data protection. In 2011, they enacted their Data Protection Act, which provides for the protection of personal privacy and the protection of information processed and collected by public bodies and private organisations. However, only some provisions of this law have entered into force and further progress is needed to make data protection accessible and effective for all citizens.
In the framework of the EU-Caribbean Cooperation Facility programme, the European Union seeks to provide a flexible and rapid response to the multiple needs of the Caribbean region. This challenge has led Trinidad and Tobago to look at European data protection and to ask the project for support to improve its tools and capacities.
Trinidad and Tobago has proposed a medium-term activity (about six months), with two phases: a first phase of exchange and definition, and a second phase of elaboration of tools and proposals. Within this framework, a mission was organised as part of the first phase, the objective of which was to provide experts with the necessary information to identify the key tools for progress.
The project has selected two professionals from the Spanish Public Administration to exchange their know-how with the Trinidad and Tobago authorities. During the trip to Trinidad and Tobago, experts Iñaki Rodríguez Pol and Luis de Salvador met with all the public administrations involved in data protection and now have a better understanding of the initial situation. They can now propose much better solutions.
With this proposal, which includes not only this activity but also all the support that will be given later on, Trinidad and Tobago shows its interest in advancing data protection. Thanks to the support of the European project, the European experience is brought closer and the way to adapt that experience to the reality of the country is facilitated. In addition, the experts will also learn about how Trinidad and Tobago understands data protection and the measures to be developed.