Straits Interactive maintains a blog with articles contributed by our personal data protection experts.
Here are some of the articles written about everyday examples relating to personal data protection.
The PDPC investigates you … the trouble isn’t the risk of a fine or warning
On 21 April 2016, the Personal Data Protection Commission announced 11 enforcement actions. A few organisations got fined and the rest got warned by the Commission. They were all required to implement various remedial actions.
What does the size of a fine tell us?
Lessons from PDPC’s recent enforcement… Watch your vendors – you can delegate the task, but not the responsibility
It’s pretty common for organisations to hire a vendor to do some specified thing in connection with personal data collected by the organisation. In terms of Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA), this makes the vendor a ‘data intermediary’. Sometimes the specific thing is administrative, such as to process the organisation’s payroll. Sometimes it’s to help the organisation stage an event, such as a client seminar or workshop where the vendor handles online registrations. And very often organisations – particularly relatively small organisations – hire a vendor to provide the organisation with an IT system.
Remember to Clear Out
I recall, come end of my university course many moons ago, I had to clear out all my personal belongings (including all the accumulated rubbish) from my hostel room. This is because the university expected me to return the room to its original spartan state so that it could be ready for a new student to come in. I had to comb through every nook and cranny of the room meticulously to ensure that I did not leave behind a single item of anything that belonged to me.
Clean Desk Policy
One can learn something about a person by looking at his/her work desk. If the desk is neat and tidy, the person tends to be organised. If, in addition, the items on the desk are well-aligned, the person tends to be organised, systematic and meticulous. On the other hand, if the desk is messy, the person tends to be disorganised and unstructured. But some of these ‘messy’ people would argue that they are creative and non-linear in their thinking.
Our full blog can be viewed here: Complying with Singapore’s PDPA