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All eyes on steps to protect personal data

Spotlight on accountability and regulation even as tech disruptions bring about new conveniences

With the Government’s plans to let the private sector use its national biometric database, facial details can be captured on mobile devices or kiosks before they are matched against the national biometric database. LIANHE ZAOBAO FILE PHOTO

Personal data protection will continue to hold the public's interest next year as technology disruptions continue apace to bring new conveniences in modern living.

Expect changes, from new laws to rein in misdeeds to new technology emerging that will, in turn, put pressure on lawmakers to keep up with protection measures.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 24, 2018, with the headline 'All eyes on steps to protect personal data'. Print Edition | Subscribe