SINGAPORE (July 15): Singapore on Monday launched a Guide to Accountability in personal data protection, as the city-state continues to ramp up its preparations for a future digital economy that is expected to generate large amounts of personal data.

The guide will see a shift in emphasis from a compliance-based approach in the management of personal data, which Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) says is increasingly impractical and insufficient to keep pace with developments in data processing activities.

“Amid a business environment that is constantly disrupted by technology, it is impractical to adopt the approach of a box-checking exercise when handling personal data,” says PDPC commissioner Tan Kiat How.

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