Singapore data protection authority introduces initiatives to facilitate date flows

22 May 2019

According to OpenGov, the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) of Singapore introduced three new initiatives to facilitate the movement of data and to strengthen accountability among organisations. As part of the review of the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (PDPA), the authority has also launched a public consultation on proposed data portability and data innovation provisions.

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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.


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