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New programme to train data protection officers

The National Trades Union Congress' e2i (Employment and Employability Institute) and Straits Interactive on Thursday launched a training programme for data protection officers (DPO).

SINGAPORE: The National Trades Union Congress' e2i (Employment and Employability Institute) and Straits Interactive on Thursday launched a training programme for data protection officers (DPO).

In a joint statement, they said the objective of the programme is to equip companies with the competencies to approach and manage data and privacy protection, and policies.

As part of the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA), which will be enforced on 2 July, all organisations are required to designate one or more individuals to be responsible for ensuring that the organisation complies with this Act.

Gilbert Tan, CEO of e2i, said: "The introduction of the Personal Data Protection Act has implications on the way companies do business and how they market to customers.

"Companies, especially SMEs, will need skilled PMEs to take on the role of DPO so as to implement and comply with the PDPA.

"To meet this industry need, we partnered Straits Interactive to deliver a hands-on training programme that allows prospective DPOs to quickly acquire new competencies by using a practical approach and borrowing from best practices."

Straits Interactive is a company which provides personal data protection and Do Not Call (DNC) Registry solutions.

The four-module training programme is open to SMEs to send their local workers who will be appointed as a DPO, or who have been designated to help their companies comply with the Act.

The DPO training programme, which costs S$4,999, will receive 50 per cent funding from e2i.  

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