At the inaugural Personal Data Protection Seminar held on 15 May 2013, Communications and Information Minister Dr Yaacob Ibrahim announced that the Do Not Call ("DNC") Registry will come into effect on 2 January 2014. The event also saw the launch of the Personal Data Protection Commission ("PDPC"). In line with the pending enforcement of the mechanism, the PDPC issued a public consultation paper on the proposed business operation of the DNC registry ("Consultation Paper"). Consultation closed on 5 June 2013.
The Consultation Paper seeks to solicit views and comments from the public and organisations as to the specifics of how the DNC registry should operate. In particular, the PDPC is seeking views on the methods that organisations may use to access and submit their list of telephone numbers that need to be checked against the registry. Besides the method of verifying if a telephone number is registered, the PDPC has also come up with proposed charges for organisations to check numbers in the registry.