The Singapore Government recently announced that it will introduce a new data protection law early next year. The Government has been studying the issue for a number of years, but it appears that the review is now complete and a decision has now been taken to proceed. According to the Ministry, the proposed law will “curb excessive and unnecessary collection of individuals’ personal data by businesses, and include requirements such as obtaining the consent of individuals to disclose their personal information”.

There will be a public consultation process carried out by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) later this year and a data protection council would be set up to oversee the implementation of the new law.