International Law at Work — February 2014: the Personal Data Protection Act 2012

On 2 July 2014, the data protection provisions of the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (PDPA) will come into force. For the first time, organisations operating and conducting business in Singapore will be required to comply with a framework of complex laws governing how personal information can be used.

The principles underlying the PDPA are strikingly similar to those of the UK Data Protection Act 1998 and, by extension, the data protection regimes of other EU member states. Organisations are required to comply with nine main obligations if they undertake activities relating to the collection, use or disclosure of personal data…

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