BY ELLEN HAYS
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Source: Free Malaysia Today
PETALING JAYA: The founder of tech portal Lowyat.net Vijandren Ramadass has lamented the lack of laws in Malaysia that outline what organisations should do in the event of a data breach.
The European Union, for instance, is drafting a general data protection regulation.
The United States already has laws that require companies to notify those affected by their data breaches, a report in Today Online said.
In October last year, Vijandren uncovered a major data leak in Malaysia said to have affected almost every Malaysian and possibly millions of tourists.
He had discovered the leak when a user tried to sell the data on the portal’s forum.
The leaked data, which cybersecurity experts have said was extensive enough to allow criminals to create fraudulent identities to make online purchases, included lists of mobile phone numbers, identification card numbers, home addresses, and SIM card data of 46.2 million customers.