Enhanced practical guidance on data protection offered in Singapore

The Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) has published plans for new legislation on unsolicited commercial messages, and is also consulting on whether existing exceptions to the need for consent for the collection, use and disclosure of personal data under the country's Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) need to be updated.

The proposals are open to consultation (18-page / 792KB PDF) until 7 June.

According to the PDPC's plans, businesses will be able to obtain enhanced practical guidance (EPG) from it where "the query relates to a complex or novel compliance issue for which there is currently no clear position for its treatment under the PDPA; the query cannot be addressed by PDPC’s general guidance and existing published resources; and the query does not amount to a request for legal advice".

The watchdog said it would not consider "hypothetical" scenarios or "queries that entail a review of the organisation’s entire business model, processes or policies".

Source: Pinsent Masons LLP | Out-Law.com