Singapore Data Protection Update - February 2015

10 February 2015

PDPC's Guide to Notification

Under the Personal Data Protection Act ("PDPA"), organisations must notify individuals of the purposes of collecting, using and disclosing their personal data in connection with obtaining the individuals' consent for such processes. However, the PDPA does not prescribe how organisations should notify individuals of the purposes, or what must minimally be included in the notice.

On 11 September 2014, the Singapore Personal Data Protection Commission ("PDPC") issued a "Guide to Notification" which provides timely guidance to organisations in complying with the notification obligation under the PDPA.

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Guidelines on Healthcare

The Singapore Personal Data Protection Commission recently released Advisory Guidelines for the Healthcare Sector (the "Guidelines"), on the application of the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 to the healthcare sector. Notably, these Guidelines were developed together with the Ministry of Health.

In particular, the Guidelines addressed the consent, purpose limitation and notification obligations, as well as the access and correction obligations extensively.

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Guidelines on Photography
The Singapore Personal Data Protection Commission recently released Advisory Guidelines on the application of the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 to Photography (the “Guidelines”).

In particular, the Guidelines addressed the perennial issue of whether a photographer needs to obtain an individual’s consent to take the individual’s photograph. 

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