Call for data protection rules to apply to public sector


The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation are considered the gold standard for data privacy, trumping even the US where there are no federal laws governing data breaches.
The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation are considered the gold standard for data privacy, trumping even the US where there are no federal laws governing data breaches.PHOTO: ST FILE

Technology leaders' pitch at international meeting comes amid growing cyber threats

The call has grown louder for the public sector to be bound by the same personal data protection laws that apply to the private sector as governments transform themselves digitally, said technology leaders at an international meeting in Estonia. It comes on the heels of heightened cyber security threats, including Singapore disclosing last month that it was hit by the worst cyber attack that compromised the personal data of 1.5 million SingHealth patients.

Mr Ramesh Narayanaswamy, chief technology and operations officer at Malaysia's banking giant CIMB Group, asked at a Smart Nation panel discussion on Monday whether governments should continue to exclude themselves from personal data protection laws amid increasing digitalisation.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 01, 2018, with the headline 'Call for data protection rules to apply to public sector'. Print Edition | Subscribe