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New Law Oks Research Access to Public Data

PRIVACY—SINGAPORE

January 11, 2010

Following a change to its Statistics Act earlier today, Singapore's Department of Statistics will allow researchers to access data collected by public agencies provided the information contains no personal identifiers, reports ChannelNewsAsia.com. Parliament made the change despite lingering privacy and ethics concerns. West Coast GRC MP Ho Geok Choo said: "There is a concern of accidentally revealing the identity or sensitive information. It is imperative that Singapore safeguards the data obtained and ensure that it does not fall into unauthorised hands."
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