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Additional offences under the PDPA that could get you into trouble

Updated: Mar 27

By Lyn Boxall, Director, Lyn Boxall LLC



On Thursday 14 May 2020, the Ministry of Communications and Information and the Personal Data Protection Commission of Singapore launched an online public consultation of the Personal Data Protection (Amendment) Bill 2020.


The amendment bill adds a new Part VIIIA to the Personal Data Protection Act, the PDPA. It sets out offences affecting personal data and anonymised information. These are offences that may be committed by individuals, including employees of organisations and of public agencies. They are, in summary:

  • unauthorised disclosure of personal data

  • improper use of personal data and

  • unauthorised re-identification of anonymised information

when an individual takes such an action either knowing that they are not authorised to do so or being so careless about whether they are authorised or not that they are reckless about it.


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