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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

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

Graham Greenleaf

Oxford University Press

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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