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The Personal Data Protection Commission issued two sets of advisory guidelines on Tuesday for the public to have a better understanding of the provisions of the Personal Data Protection Act 2012.
SINGAPORE: The Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) issued two sets of advisory guidelines on Tuesday for the public to have a better understanding of the provisions of the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (PDPA).
The first set of guidelines is on Key Concepts which provides interpretation of terms used.
An example is "personal data" - which is interpreted as all types of data from which an individual can be identified, regardless of whether such data is true or false, or whether it is in electronic or other forms.
The guidelines also elaborate on the Data Protection Provisions and various obligations, such as to obtain the individual's consent before collecting, using or disclosing his personal data, and to notify the individual of the purpose of doing so.
And under the Do Not Call provisions, those who wish to send specific messages to a person with a Singapore telephone number, must check with the Do Not Call Registry for consent of the individual.
The Do Not Call Registry will be set up by January 2, 2014.
The second set of advisory guidelines is on Selected Topics which illustrates how the Personal Data Protection Act applies to specific issues and domains.
Topics include data for research, collection of personal data through Closed-Circuit Televisions (CCTVs), and use of NRIC numbers.
The Commission says the guidelines took into consideration public feedback submitted during the public consultation phase from February to April this year.
The PDPC says organisations can refer to the Advisory Guidelines as they adjust their business processes or implement data protection processes to comply with the Act, which will fully come into effect from July 2, 2014.
Organisations must also designate at least one Data Protection Officer to oversee compliance with the Act.
Mr Leong Keng Thai, chairman of PDPC, said: "The Advisory Guidelines aim to provide greater clarity to organisations and individuals on the provisions of the PDPA. For businesses, it is important that they prepare in advance and review their own operations and processes to comply with the provisions.
"The PDPC is also working with sectoral regulators to develop sector-specific guidelines, and will review the need to issue further guidelines to facilitate better understanding of and compliance with the PDPA obligations."
Full details of the Advisory Guidelines can be found on PDPC's website.