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Should Data Protection Act Cover Public Entities?

PRIVACY LAW—SINGAPORE

November 27, 2012

A ZDNet report examines whether Singapore’s forthcoming Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) should be expanded to cover public agencies in addition to the private sector, making the legislation more “transparent, robust and comprehensive.” The act comes into force in January and includes a do-not-call registry and the creation of a new enforcement agency to regulate private-sector use of personal data. Elle Todd, of the law firm Olswang, said the law does not include government agencies because of an existing regime, which, in some instances, contains rules stricter than that of the PDPA. She added, however, that it may make sense to integrate the laws to have one general act.
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