Data Protection Quarterly Updates (April - June 2021)

02 Aug 2021 Special Update

The Personal Data Protection Commission published ten decisions between April to June 2021 after concluding the following investigations:

a) five investigations relating to the Protection Obligation under the Personal Data Protection Act (“PDPA”);
b) one investigation relating to the Consent Obligation under the PDPA;
c) two investigations relating to the Protection and Accountability Obligations under the PDPA;
d) one investigation relating to the Protection and Consent Obligations under the PDPA; and
e) one investigation relating to the Access Obligation under the PDPA.

In this quarterly update, we summarise the directions imposed in each of the ten decisions.

In addition, in the first private action brought under the PDPA in Bellingham, Alex v. Reed, Michael [2021] SGHC 125, the Singapore High Court considered the issue of the loss or damage required for a private action to be brought against an organisation for a breach of the PDPA. To this end, the SGHC found that “loss or damage” is limited to the heads of loss or damage under common law, and does not include distress or loss of control over personal data.

If you would like information or assistance on the above or any other area of law, you may wish to contact the Partner at WongPartnership whom you normally work with or any of the following Partners:

LAM Chung Nian
Head – Intellectual Property, Technology & Data
d +65 6416 8271
e chungnian.lam@wongpartnership.com
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Kylie PEH
Partner – Intellectual Property, Technology & Data
d +65 6416 8259
e kylie.peh@wongpartnership.com
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