Firms fined 1 million dollars for data security breach in Singapore

15 Jan 2019

SingHealth and Singapore's public healthcare sector agency (IHIS) have recently been fined with penalties amounting to one million dollars, after a data breach incident in July 2018. A cyberattack had led to 1.5 millions patients’ data to be compromised, which was reportedly the biggest breach of personal data in the history of Singapore.  

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Privacy and data protection are two interrelated Internet governance issues. Data protection is a legal mechanism that ensures privacy. Privacy is usually defined as the right of any citizen to control their own personal information and to decide about it (to disclose information or not). Privacy is a fundamental human right. It is recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and in many other international and regional human rights conventions. The July 2015 appointment of the first UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age reflects the rising importance of privacy in global digital policy, and the recognition of the need to address privacy rights issues the the global, as well as national levels.

Jurisdiction is the authority of the court and state organs to decide on legal cases. The relationship between jurisdiction and the Internet has been ambiguous, since jurisdiction rests predominantly on the geographical division of the globe into national territories. Each state has the sovereign right to exercise jurisdiction over its territory.

 

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