Data privacy breaches: Fines hit new annual high

Over $1.29 million in fines have been issued so far this year; experts say spike due to greater awareness and sums set to rise

Over $1.29 million in fines for breaches in data privacy laws have been issued so far this year. PHOTO: REUTERS
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In what was Singapore's worst cyber attack, hackers broke into the patient database of SingHealth, stealing the data of more than 1.5 million patients, including that of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

For the data breach, the Integrated Health Information Systems, which is the central IT agency responsible for Singapore's healthcare sector, was fined $750,000. SingHealth was fined $250,000.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 22, 2019, with the headline Data privacy breaches: Fines hit new annual high. Subscribe