The amended Telecommunications Act provides a broad legal framework for the regulation of Singapore's telecoms sector, and provides the Info-communications Media Development Authority ("IMDA") with various powers to grant licenses, issue directions and codes of practices, and promulgate service standards.
Social Media Marketing Guidelines: Influencers
On 29 August 2016, the Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore ("ASAS") issued its Guidelines on Interactive Marketing Communications & Social Media ("Guidelines"). The ASAS is the regulator of the advertising industry in Singapore and is comprised of representatives from key industry members, and is an Advisory Council to the Consumers Association of Singapore ("CASE"). It sets out best practices and industry standards for advertising in Singapore, including the Singapore Code of Advertising Practice.
Personal Data Protection Commission: Advisory Guidelines on Enforcement of the Data Protection Provisions
The Personal Data Protection Act 2012 ("PDPA") established a general data protection law in Singapore that regulates the collection, use and disclosure of individuals' personal data by organisations.
Launch of New Government bodies
The Info-communications Media Development Authority ("IMDA") was formally established on 1 October 2016 as the designated regulator of both the infocomm and media sectors. It is the product of a merger between the Information Development Authority and the Media Development Authority in an effort to streamline the framework governing the infocomm and media industriesy.
Budget 2017: Push for Small and Medium Enterprises to 'go digital'
During the Budget 2017, the Government announced the allocation of $80 million in funding for the newly introduced 'SMEs Go Digital' Programme. This is aimed at helping Small and Medium Enterprises ("SMEs") build its digital capability to seize opportunities for growth in the digital economy.
Changes to the Computer Misuse and Cyber Security Act
The Computer Misuse and Cyber Security Act ("CMCA") was enacted in 1993 to regulate the unauthorized use of computers to access or modify data. Under the CMCA using a computer to secure unauthorised access to any program or data held in other computers in order to commit an offence is a penal offence.
Proposed Cybersecurity Bill
As part of the National Cyber Security Masterplan 2018 to make Singapore a Trusted and Robust Infocommunication Hub by 2018, a standalone Cybersecurity Bill will be tabled in Parliament in 2017. This is intended to complement the current Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act("CMCA"), which criminalises activities like the unauthorized use, access, interception and modification of computers, data and computer services. On 10 July 2017, the Ministry of Communications and Information and the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore issued a Public Consultation Paper on the Draft Cybersecurity Bill. For more information, you can download the full newsletter here.