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Exceptional Exceptions To Consent

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 consultation on the Personal Data Protection (Amendment) Bill 2020. There are numerous proposed changes that relate to the Consent Obligation in the Personal Data Protection Act, the PDPA.


Here we will look at changes in relation to exceptions from consent. In summary, the draft amendment bill adds two new exceptions from the need for consent, makes some changes in connection with the 'research' exception to consent and re-arranges the Second, Third and Fourth Schedules to the PDPA without making any additional substantial changes to them. In a separate paper, we will look at some 'Consent 101' basics and look at the proposed changes to the Consent Obligation under the PDPA.


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