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Personal data “Up in the air”: A tale of two Malaysian airlines in dealing with consumers online privacy

Zulhuda, Sonny and Delpisheh, Maryam (2011) Personal data “Up in the air”: A tale of two Malaysian airlines in dealing with consumers online privacy. In: 2011 International Conference on Social Science and Humanity, 26th-28th Feb. 2011, Singapore.

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Uncertainties and concerns surrounding the privacy of personal information in Malaysia in the wake of many data abuse incidents had led to the passing of Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) 2010. In a market where personal data has long been widely traded and unjustifiably exploited, the coming of this law could resemble the arrival of a long-awaited messiah expected to correct the evils and rectify people’s problem in a very immediate manner. Once the law is in force, a wide range of industries that process personal data of individuals would have to reformulate their entire business processes to comply with the new legal requirements. In order to do that, they will need to perform critical self-assessment to ensure their business practice does not contravene the law and not trigger criminal liabilities. Against this background, this paper seeks to analyze how the Malaysian airlines industries – represented by the two biggest players Malaysian Airlines (MAS) and AirAsia – treats consumers’ personal data based on their existing online policies. The reason behind choosing this industry is of two folds; firstly, because airlines industry is relatively massive personal data users (especially on their passengers’ data). Secondly, the two companies have now aggressively embarked into online environment which sees them collecting and processing more personal data through their websites and online processing mechanism. The ultimate goal of this assessment is to see to what extent their existing online privacy policies and practices are in line with the personal data protection principles provided in the PDP Act 2010. Using critical methods of discussion, this paper aims at producing gap analysis and recommendations as to how the industry should improve their privacy policy and make it closer to the legal requirements in protecting consumers’ personal data.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Additional Information: 6473/44670
Uncontrolled Keywords: E-business; business information management; airline industry; personal data protection; compliance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications > HE9761 Air transportation. Airlines
K Law > K Law (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General) > T55.4 Industrial engineering.Management engineering. > T58.6 Management information systems
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws > Department of Civil Law
Depositing User: Dr Sonny Zulhuda
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2015 15:21
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2018 11:40
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/44670

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