Government & Legislation

Privacy in Singapore

In October 2012 Singapore’s Parliament passed the ‘Personal Data Protection Bill’. It is the first Singaporean Act which provides the full data protection, though it only establishes minimum standards in regards to collection, use and protection of personal data. It also establishes the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) and a Do Not Call Registry (DNC). It came into force in January 2013 and organisations still have till July 2014 to comply. Interestingly, it only applies to the private sector. The public sector is excluded, which raises the question whether it will be accepted by the EU as fully compliant with their safe-harbour provisions.