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Graham Greenleaf

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199679669

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679669.001.0001

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Singapore—Uncertain Scope, Strong Powers

Singapore—Uncertain Scope, Strong Powers

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(p.288) (p.289) 10 Singapore—Uncertain Scope, Strong Powers
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Asian Data Privacy Laws
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Graham Greenleaf

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679669.003.0010

Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Act 2012 is one of the most recent data privacy laws in Asia, fully in force only from mid-2014. Singaporean law does not provide a very supportive context for human rights protections. This chapter explains that the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) will administer a law with a very limited scope, covering only the private sector but with uncertain exceptions. The Act’s data protection principles are a minimal version of a ‘normal’ data privacy law, with a few stronger additions. However, the enforcement provisions provide a serious and multi-faceted ‘enforcement pyramid’. Although there are as yet no decisions under the law, the PDPC Guidelines illustrate its expected operation. It is data protection law intended to have a ‘pro-business’ effect, but it could be enforced strongly within its narrow scope.

Keywords:   data protection, privacy, Asia, Singapore, ASEAN, PDPC, data protection authority

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