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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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Coming Soon: Canada’s New Privacy Law – What You Need to Know

Ranging from new laws to security recommendations, the overall goal is to ensure organizations who are collecting or processing data containing private information keep it safe and inform consumers on how the organization intend to use their data for business purposes.

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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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The GDPR’s Influence on Class and Collective Proceedings

When thinking about class action lawsuits, most people envision legal proceedings occurring in the United States. However, class and collective proceedings modeled after those in the U.S. are becoming increasingly popular abroad – specifically in the U.K. and European Union (EU). Other countries with rising class and collective proceedings are turning to the U.S. for guidance on how to navigate this lengthy and often complicated process.

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