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When you are undergoing probate in the Malaysian Court, the last thing you want is to have your privacy breeched. Privacy does not limit to your personal information and whatnot. It can also include the following: 

  • Your assets
  • Your yearly income from work
  • Your profits
  • Your family members and relatives (contestable)
  • Any many others related to your name not for public consumption 

As you may be very stressed due to the court proceedings for probate, are you aware that you are protected under the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) 2010? It’s a law protecting your privacy in regards to your personal information and the transactions under your name within Malaysia. The same law also offer general guidance to people and organizations of the process on how to manage, collect and use personal data. 

In this case of undergoing probate, it means that any personal data that relates directly or indirectly to you will need to be protected. It also includes and takes various forms such as: 

  • Your name combined with other information
  • Passport or identity card number
  • Telephone number
  • Photographs and pictures of you
  • Fingerprints and other DNAs related to you 

What happens if my personal information and probate information gets leaked? 

No one wants this to happen as you may not like everyone knowing your business. It’s only fair and fair as you have never consented to your personal information getting shared with whoever you don’t even know. 

In the event that your personal information and your probate information get leaked, the offender will be punished with a fine not exceeding RM300k or imprisonment not exceeding 2 years – or both. Having said that, no one should share your information with anyone else without your written consent. 

As there are 7 principles of PDPA, everyone in Malaysia is subjected to such law. Under these PDPA principles, the collection and use of personal data must be consented to by you yourself. Steps must be taken and followed to ensure they are updated, correct, and stored safely. Failure to do so will subject the collector to being punished. 

What are the 7 Principles of PDPA? 

As PDPA serves as a guide for Malaysians, you may want to know what the 7 principles of PDPA are. Please find the principles below useful for your own information.


7 Principles of PDPA – Table via

Having said all of that, you may move forward knowing that your personal data is protected under the PDPA Malaysia law. Failure to do so may bring it up to a lawyer for further action. 

If you need any help with probate, feel free to reach out to us for further assistance. We will be more than happy to assist you in your probate proceedings.