The official "in-force" date for the country's Personal Data Protection Act has been set for July 2, 2014, and organizations shouldn't underestimate the time and effort needed to ensure compliance.
Decipher courtroom jargons, stay on the right side of IT law.
Called to the Singapore and English Bars, Bryan Tan has practised in two of Singapore's largest law firms and an international law firm. Bryan led many industry firsts including the first mass e-mail defamation case in the world, Singapore's first publicised telecoms competition dispute, a pan-Asian co-branded travel portal, the first privately-funded cable landing project in Singapore and the world's first registrar-level domain name dispute. His areas of practice include IT, telecommunications, biotechnology and bioinformatics, Chinese intellectual property, entertainment law and corporate work. He is also an author of Halsbury's Laws of Malaysia: E-Commerce. He also co-wrote the Singapore chapter of 'Digital Evidence' with Prof. Daniel Seng and is writing Halsbury's Laws of Singapore: E-Commerce.
The specter of cyberwar is beginning to rear its head, so do the rules of engagement need updating?
Many businesses have an online presence, and some have e-mail addresses to handle inquiries. But some businesses do not respond to e-mail messages, ever. This has serious implications.
Is building trust in Asia different from the West? If it is, how does it impact the way we sign contracts and make regulations?
Is a Town Council considered a government body in Singapore? This question has been hotly debated on social media networks and is of significant legal importance.
Under Singapore law, directors have to employ reasonable diligence as part of their duty to the company. It can get tricky when negotiating IT contracts though, which may not be everyone's cup of tea.
The government is proposing the word "cybersecurity" be included in the country's Computer Misuse Act. It will also harden the legislation to include pre-emptive actions.
Is there a painless quickfire way to ensure compliance with Singapore's new data protection legislation? Simply put, no.
Singapore finally passed its Personal Data Protection Act last week. Which businesses will be most affected? And will it favor the Goliaths over the Davids?
Amy Cheong, ex-assistant director of NTUC, had a Facebook posting that lit the Singapore Internet scene and got her fired.