Data Protection Regulations Closer to Fruition
PRIVACY LAW—SINGAPOREFebruary 18, 2011
Singapore is taking steps to introduce a data protection regime, ZDNet reports. The government has announced plans to introduce legislation in parliament in early 2012. The minister for information, communication and the arts said the proposed laws will provide a "baseline standard for data protection in Singapore." The proposed law will aim to protect individuals against unauthorized use of their data for profit, curb excessive data collection and require consent for information sharing, the report states. A Data Protection Council will be established to oversee the law's implementation, and the "Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore will engage relevant stakeholders...to address concerns." For now, data protection continues to be regulated by sector-specific rules.