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Victoria Wong is an Associate in Baker McKenzie Singapore office.

On 1 February 2021, certain sections of the Personal Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2020 came into effect as part of a phased implementation.

We had previously summarised in our earlier client alerts the changes proposed during the public consultation (“Consultation Paper”) on the Personal Data Protection (Amendment) Bill (“Bill”), as well as the salient differences between the Consultation Paper and the Bill that was introduced and read in the Singapore Parliament on 5 October 2020. The Bill has since been passed by Parliament on 2 November 2020 (“Act”) and the accompanying guidelines issued in draft form by the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) on 20 November 2020, which we have summarised in another client alert, has since been integrated into the other guidelines issued by the PDPC.

In this client alert, we will further elaborate on some provisions of the Act that came into effect on 1 February 2021.

On 20 November 2020, the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) issued the draft Advisory Guidelines on Key Provisions of the Personal Data Protection (Amendment) Bill (“Guidelines”). 

We had summarized in our previous client alerts the changes proposed during the public consultation (“Consultation Paper”) on the Personal Data Protection (Amendment) Bill (“Bill”), as well as the salient differences between the Consultation Paper and the Bill that was introduced and read in the Singapore Parliament on 5 October 2020. The Bill has since been passed by Parliament on 2 November 2020 (“Act”). 

For this client alert, we will focus on a few pertinent points that have been highlighted in the Guidelines.

On 5 October 2020, the Personal Data Protection (Amendment) Bill (“Bill”) was introduced and read for the first time in the Singapore Parliament. The Bill proposes material changes to the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (No. 26 of 2012) (PDPA).  

We had previously summarised in our earlier client alert the changes proposed during the public consultation on the Bill (“Consultation Paper”). There have been material changes between the Consultation Paper and the Bill presented in Parliament. For the purposes of this client alert, we have highlighted, in the paragraphs below, a few salient differences.