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Singapore – Personal Data Protection Act Likely To Become Law In January 2013.

30 December, 2012

 

Legal News & Analysis – Asia Pacific – Singapore – Intellectual Property

 

The new law will be enforceable after 18 months so organisations will have a transition period to adjust their practices to comply with the requirements of the PDPA. The PDPA will provide a general framework for the protection of personal data in Singapore and is intended to concurrently apply with existing sector-specific laws and regulations. An overview of the PDPA provisions is available here.

 

Singapore’s introduction of its new data protection regime is a positive step – a key driver of the PDPA is to ensure good governance for the collection, use and security of personal data. This will help to boost Singapore’s business reputation and to establish Singapore as a regional leader as a network and cloud computing hub.

These developments in Singapore are occurring against the backdrop of the rapidly evolving data protection landscape in the Asia Pacific, with recent introduction of new data protection laws and expansion of existing laws in several countries.

 

Apart from Singapore, just this year alone, the Philippines Data Privacy Act 2011 was passed by the Senate and House of Representatives and Taiwan’s new Personal Data Protection Act became effective on October 1. Relatively early adopters like Hong Kong and Australia have also introduced or are in the process of introducing reforms to their existing laws. Malaysia’s Personal Data Protection Act will likely come into force in January next year.

 

The implementation of strong data protection principles looks set to continue in the region as government and industry stakeholders consider the need to address new technologies and developments such as cloud computing, social media, big data and analytics.

For further information, please contact:
 
Marc Dautlich, Partner, Pinsent Masons MPillay
marc.dautlich@pinsentmasons.com
 
Rosemary Lee, Pinsent Masons MPillay
rosemary.lee@pinsentmasons.com
 

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