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Your data or your life

Singapore's data protection regime is eight years old. It's time to grow up.

Data, in particular personal data, is often described as the "new oil" powering the information economy. It's an attractive metaphor - evoking transformations under way in a fourth industrial revolution, heralding a world of artificial intelligence and limitless possibilities.

Unfortunately, that metaphor is wrong in almost every way.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 17, 2020, with the headline 'Your data or your life'. Print Edition | Subscribe