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Some security staff unsure of Personal Data Protection Act

Not all at building reception counters clear on use, storage of visitors' data

Published on Jul 28, 2014 8:09 AM

Singapore's Personal Data Protection Act may have kicked in earlier this month, but not all security guards and building front-line staff are prepared for the new law, which mandates they must answer questions by visitors on how data is used and stored.

A check by The Straits Times at several building reception counters, where security guards routinely ask visitors to hand over their identity cards to gain entry, found that few had all the answers at their fingertips.

With the full implementation of the Act on July 2, visitors must be informed of what information on them is collected and what the data is used for.

A person may also request in writing for access to his personal data held by the building owner.

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