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January 21 2015

The Personal Data Protection Framework in Singapore

"No legislation in Singapore comprehensively deals with privacy. While commonly recognized as a ""data privacy law,"" the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (PDPA) does not, recognize a right to privacy-in fact, the term ""privacy"" does not even appear in the PDPA. Contrary to the EU Data Protection Directive, which expressly states in its preamble that ""data processing systems are designed to serve man, whereas they must�respect their fundamental rights and freedoms, notably the right to privacy,"" Singapore has opted for a more business-friendly approach. All organizations that collect, use or disclose personal data in Singapore must comply with the PDPA, regardless of their place of incorporation"