Relevance of MySejahtera Application in Post-pandemic Era: Legal Regulations on Data Ownership and Privacy
- 10.2991/978-2-494069-59-6_11How to use a DOI?
- data ownership; data privacy; digital tracing; MySejahtera application
MySejahtera application has been adopted by the Malaysian government since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. It is a digital tracing tool with functions, amongst others, to assist the government to monitor and control the spreading of the COVID-19 cases. Data ownership and privacy are always a controversial issue especially when the MySejahtera application was developed by a private company under corporate social responsibility. The government has assured that the data and information kept in MySejahtera application are fully owned by the Ministry of Health. From 1 April 2022, Malaysia has entered the transition to the endemic phase of COVID-19. The Ministry has further announced the relaxation of all SOPs starting 1 May, which include the doing away with MySejahtera. The recent Public Accounts Committee report discloses the selling of such an application to another private company has again raised the fear of intrusion of data ownership and privacy. This paper will address the issues on the data ownership and privacy of the MySejahtera application and discuss the relevance of continuing to use MySejahtera in daily life in the post-pandemic era. Existing legal regulations such as Personal Data Protection Act 2010, Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988, Communication and Multimedia Act 1988 and Medical Act 1971 will be examined in addressing the above issues. The research method used in this paper is doctrinal legal research. This paper will conclude with suggestions on the amendment to the relevant legislations to safeguard the data privacy of the MySejahtera users.
- © 2022 The Author(s)
- Open Access
- Open Access This chapter is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits any noncommercial use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license and indicate if changes were made.
Cite this article
TY - CONF AU - Xi Xian Tong AU - Eng Siang Tay PY - 2022 DA - 2022/12/22 TI - Relevance of MySejahtera Application in Post-pandemic Era: Legal Regulations on Data Ownership and Privacy BT - Proceedings of the International Conference on Law and Digitalization (ICLD 2022) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 110 EP - 122 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/978-2-494069-59-6_11 DO - 10.2991/978-2-494069-59-6_11 ID - Tong2022 ER -