Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) has introduced three new initiatives which aim to promote innovation through trust by holding businesses accountable for the way they collect consumers’ personal data.

The three new initiatives include gathering the public’s feedback on the proposed data sharing requirement, which was announced at the 2019 Mobile World Congress, a new guidebook on how the PDPC investigate data breaches and an updated guidebook on how existing data breaches are managed.

There has been a string of data breaches in Singapore in the past year as the country’s largest healthcare provider SingHealth, saw 1.5m patients’ health records stolen, including the health records of prime minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The country’s health ministry also revealed that the HIV registry data of more than 14,000 people have been continually leaked online from as far back as 2016, and that 808,201 blood donors in Singapore had their personal details exposed in January 2019, through a loophole in Health Sciences Authority’s database.

Source: The Drum