Cheng Hau Yeo from the IP & TMT group delivered a webinar to the members of Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) on the proposed amendments to the data protection law in Singapore on 26 May 2020.

Singapore will enter into the final stages of a three-year review of its Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) by releasing the draft Personal Data Protection (Amendment) Bill 2020 for public consultation. The draft legislative text was published on 14 May 2020. The webinar covered the amendment proposals and how they may (or may not) affect media companies doing business in the Lion City.

The team commenced the webinar by giving an overview on the latest developments in data privacy laws in other jurisdictions. The team highlighted the key factors that are driving the changes in data privacy legislation and cited a number of data breach incidences that caused significant impact on the public’s awareness and expectations regarding the handling of their personal data. Cheng Hau then introduced Singapore’s PDPA and looked at the proposed amendments in detail where he compared the current position with the proposed amendments. While some existing rules are being adjusted to make them more business-friendly, Cheng Hau pointed out that certain requirements will also be tightened, such as the proposed introduction of data breach notification and data portability requirements, and an increase in maximum financial penalties and enforcement powers for regulators.