Parliament of Singapore adopts amendments to the personal data protection act

The Parliament of Singapore has adopted proposed amendments to the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA). The amendments aimed at strengthen consumer trust through organisational accountability ; enhance effectiveness of enforcement; enhance consumer autonomy; and enhance data use for innovation. This is the first comprehensive review of the PDPA since its enactment in 2012. The PDPA has been updated to be aligned with, and benchmarked against, international best practices from other leading jurisdictions and global frameworks. According to ZDNet, the amendments will allow local businesses to use consumer data without prior consent for some purposes, such as business improvement and research.