Now it’s Singapore’s turn to take a critical look at its need to protect personal data. According to Asia One Digital, the Singaporean government is looking to develop a means of proteccting individuals’ personal data that can best address privacy concerns, commercial requirements and the national interest. An inter-ministry committee is already reviewing the issue, according to Lee Boon Yang (Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts) in a written reply to a question in Parliament earlier this week.
A present, various voluntary industry codes of practices have been adopted against the unauthorised use of personal information. Thus the Telecom Competition Code requires licensees to take ‘reasonable measures’ to prevent the unauthorised use of consumers’ information. In addition, a voluntary privacy code — the 28-page Model Data Protection Code — has been adopted by many companies in the private sector.