Proposed consumer data protection regime for Singapore


On 13 September 2011, the Singapore Government released a public consultation paper on the proposed introduction of a consumer Data Protection (DP) regime in Singapore. 

According to the Ministry, the proposed law will "curb excessive and unnecessary collection of individuals' personal data by businesses, and include requirements such as obtaining the consent of individuals to disclose their personal information".

The framework of the proposed DP law includes, among other things, the collection, use and disclosure of personal data, the transfer of personal data outside Singapore, the accuracy, protection and retention of personal data, access to and correction of personal data, as well as a penalty and enforcement regime. The establishment of a National Do-Not-Call (DNC) Registry is also proposed as part of the consultation exercise.

Commenting on the proposed regime, Singapore partner Sheena Jacob said: "The business community has been anticipating the introduction of a data protection law in Singapore for some time and there has been a significant amount of interest in this issue. With the support of Ruth Boardman, we are working with a number of clients to study the impact of this proposed law on their business."

You can view a Briefing that the Singapore office has put together on the Data Protection consultation paper by clicking here.

For more information, please contact Sheena Jacob at