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Singapore Makes Significant Changes to Data Privacy Legislation

Countries all over the globe have been changing their data privacy landscape to account for the information protection required in the digital age. Organizations are handling large amounts of personal data gathered from numerous sources. This will only increase as more apps, communication platforms, and websites deploying more targeted advertising emerge. To avoid mishandling of sensitive information and give consumers more control, privacy reform has been trending. Now Singapore has made the list, as major amendments to the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) passed in November 2020 and has completely refocused the country’s data privacy priorities.

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Key Considerations When Creating Data Privacy Policies

Data privacy is an ongoing hot topic. Since the European Union’s General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) became effective in 2018, many nations have followed suit and passed or proposed laws providing consumers with more control over their data.

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State Biometric Laws are Trending and Class Actions Could be on the Rise

By now, most people have undoubtedly heard of biometric-based technology and probably use it every day. Some examples are facial recognition for used for cell security, and voice recognition, like activating a home smart device. Behavioral characteristics can also be considered biometric data – like a person’s handwriting or keystrokes.

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Comply or Get Fined: 2020 GDPR Fines are the Highest on Record

The European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been in effect since May 2018. The law’s goal of protecting EU citizens’ personal information and privacy seems to be coming into fruition. In the past, the EU has issued steep fines for GDPR violations, even when there was no data breach. Under the GDPR, regulators can issue fines up to four percent of an organization’s global revenue and can be costly. It is important to remember that this law can reach organizations outside of the EU if they offer goods and services to EU citizens.

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