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Opinion: PDPA Leaves Open Privacy Loopholes

PRIVACY LAW—SINGAPORE

November 28, 2012

The newly inked Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) may have “a few holes, and the pace of change in technology could mean it is already out of date,” opines Richard Hartung in TODAYonline. The PDPA mandates that organizations acquire users’ consent prior to data collection and processing, but Hartung notes “organizations may engage reams of lawyers to ensure their documents provide the consent from consumers that the law requires.” According to the bill, data can only be used for purposes that “a reasonable person would consider appropriate,” which leaves a “diverse” set of “interpretations of what is ‘reasonable,’” writes Hartung.
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