October 02, 2019
As consumers, it is important for everyone to understand the data protection landscape in Singapore and to know our rights. In Singapore, every individual’s personal data is protected under the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (PDPA). As the data regulation watchdog, the PDPA has established various laws to govern personal data.
Consequences may arise if personal data is not protected
When personal data is not protected, it can result in various consequences such as identity theft and scams. With the PDPA, there is greater data security as it protects data whilst considering the rights of individuals and the needs of organisations to collect, use or disclose personal data for business purposes. However, the responsibility of data protection does not lie solely on the government. Individuals also have the responsibility to protect their personal data. Personal data can range from NRIC and passport numbers, personal email addresses to mobile numbers.
When should individuals share personal data?
All individuals in Singapore have the right to query organisations about the purpose for collecting their personal data. They also reserve the right to refuse to share any personal information if it is not required by law. Here are some scenarios:
It is essential for both individuals and organisations to play a part in protecting any form of personal data. Having proper protocols and sound data policies in an organisation can help to mitigate risks of data breaches. Failure to comply with the PDPC or the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) can result in hefty fines and consequences.
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An organisation that integrates data protection into its business processes can reduce the risk of data breaches and PDPA non-compliance. Learn more about how Shred-it can protect your documents and hard-drives by contacting us for a free quote and security risk assessment.