Personal Data Protection Regime Singapore

Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) was established to administer and enforce the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (PDPA) to foster an environment of trust among businesses and consumers in Singapore. They serve as Singapore's main authority to handle personal data protection matters by formulating and implementing policies such as Legislation and Advisory Guidelines to help individuals comprehend and adopt good data protection practices.


Industry members gathered together to better understand the objective and scope of Personal Data Protection in Business to Business (B2B) Events. The objective of the Data Protection Regime is to safeguard the interest of individuals and the economy. With Data Protection, individuals gain greater control over their own data and protect it from misuse by regulating proper management of their data. With the economic interest in mind, it strives to strengthen Singapore's position as a trusted hub and choice location in data hosting and processing. This will facilitate cross-border transfers with regions around the world to enhance overall competitiveness.


PDPC listed 3 steps that could help organisations better manage personal data:

  • Appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO)
  • Map out Personal Data Inventory
  • Implement Data Protection Processes

Organisations are able to learn about PDPA with the enhanced e-learning programme. It is an interactive online learning tool consisting of 5 modules developed to cover the basics about essential terms and organisations' obligations under PDPA. SMEs may also apply for the Capability Development Grant by SPRING Singapore, an initiative to facilitate the adoption of personal data protection and to strengthen data management framework.

For more information and queries,
do contact Miss Keleen Wee at Keleen_WEE@pdpc.gov.sg.



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