Executive summary

The Government Technology Agency (GovTech) recently announced that SGD 2.4 billion worth of information and communications technology (ICT) tenders will be called in fiscal year 2017. Around SGD 528 million has been set aside for cybersecurity, a large part of which will be spent on a new Government Security Operations Centre (SOC). In all, spending on analytics projects and cyber security will account for more than SGD 1 billion. The proposed investment will also support the Smart Nation Sensor Platform (SNSP), which aims to facilitate the sharing of resources and data amongst agencies to contribute to more efficient urban and operational planning as well as improve the running of city services.

The Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) also recently released a series of decisions that highlight the importance of having data protection officers (DPO) who can effectively develop contextualised data protection policies and translate such policies into practice. Although the PDPC did not impose financial penalties on some of these organisations this time round, these enforcement
actions nevertheless demonstrate that the PDPC takes any breach of data protection obligations seriously.

Organisations interested in tendering for projects under the recently announced ICT budget or concerned about the compliance with the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) should consider if their data protection policies are sound considering the potential pitfalls when dealing with big data and the increased scrutiny by the PDPC.

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