Updated: 05/17/2014 01:48

Sector-specific data protection guidelines to be released for public consultation

Sector-specific data protection guidelines to be released for public consultation

The Personal Data Protection Commission wants feedback on the advisory guidelines for the education, healthcare and social service sectors. 

For example, should schools get consent to collect, use or disclose personal data to evaluate students' standing for admission or scholarships? 

And if a person has posed for a photo at a company's private function, does it mean he or she has given consent to have it published? 

President of the Consumers Association of Singapore, Lim Biow Chuan says this is a chance for businesses to clarify things. 

"I think they should provide their feedback as to what area of clarity they want to seek from the data protection commission. I think that is useful because if you look at the sectors, they are grappling with some of the issues of how to collect, protect or use the data they've collected."

To help businesses comply with the Personal Data Protection Act, 

The Personal Data Protection Commission and Workforce Development Agency are offering a two-day workshop, highlighting the key concepts of the Act, from the middle of this month. 

It's targeted at companies' Data Protection Officers, Human Resource Administrators and Information Technology Personnel. 

CASE and the Singapore Mediation Centre will also provide mediation services to help consumers in disputes with businesses that have collected their personal data. 

"Some of these disputes may or may not be offences. If they are not offences, then the Commission will not be taking action against these businesses. If they are disputes of a minor nature, we feel that the mediation would help both parties come to a more reconciliatory kind of settlement."

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