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.
Over $1.29 million in fines for breaches in data privacy laws have been issued so far this year.PHOTO: REUTERS

The amount collected from fines issued by Singapore's privacy watchdog and the number of companies and individuals here who have breached data privacy laws are at a new annual high, due to greater awareness of data protection.

Over $1.29 million in fines have been issued so far this year, more than the accumulated amount for the previous three years, according to documents on the website of the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC).

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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'. Print Edition | Subscribe