09 Jan New Data Sharing Law for Public Sector Agencies Passed in Singapore
Last Monday, the Singaporean Parliament passed the Public Sector (Governance) Bill which establishes new laws governing the data-sharing framework between public sector agencies.
Under the new laws, public sector officers who share the personal information of Singaporeans, or those who use such data to benefit themselves, will be fined up to $5000 or receive a prison sentence of up to two years, or both.
The bill also lists seven specific purposes where data sharing between public sector agencies are allowed.
Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung said that while data sharing is already being practiced by the public service, there is still a need to strengthen the rules which were created before the government could envisage how data can be used to improve work and deliver services better.
Source: Straits Times