Earlier this week, a draft of the Singapore Data Protection Bill was introduced to the Singapore parliament.
This draft follows a MICA consultation on a prior draft and removes some of the more controversial aspects of the prior draft, most notably a provision that attempted to assert extra-territorial jurisdiction.
Although this will be a significant change for Singapore my sense is that some of the concern in the press may be a little overdone. To quote the late, great Douglas Adams, Don’t Panic! For anyone feeling concerned, I’ve recently prepared a very basic overview of the key provisions and a reassuringly simple one slide overview of a compliance process for corporates.
Note: the author is neither qualified nor licensed to advise on Singapore law. This is not legal advice and is merely an English lawyer’s view on the draft Singaporean data protection bill.