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SINGAPORE DATA PROTECTION LAW EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED IN 2012

March 2011 - TMT ( Technology, Media & Telecoms). Legal Developments by Drew & Napier LLC .

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Singapore’s Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts announced yesterday in Parliament that a new data protection bill will likely be introduced in early 2012.

This follows the conclusion of the Government’s review of Singapore’s data protection regime (first announced in a January 2009 sitting of Parliament). The review concluded that it would be in Singapore’s overall interests to put in place a data protection regime, in order to protect individual’s personal data against unauthorized use and disclosure for profit.

The Minister indicated that this data protection law will target businesses which collect personal data of individuals, particularly those which engage in excessive and unnecessary collection of individuals’ personal data. It is envisaged that obtaining the consent of individuals to disclose their personal information will be a requirement under such proposed law. A Data Protection Council is also expected to be set up to oversee the implementation of the legislation.

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