New data security rules for public sector by end-2020

Agencies to decide within 72 hours whether to notify affected parties about breaches

The updated Instruction Manual 8, which will take effect within the next year, follows recommendations aimed at sharpening existing data protection practices.
The updated Instruction Manual 8, which will take effect within the next year, follows recommendations aimed at sharpening existing data protection practices.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Data protection rules governing the country's public sector will be harmonised with those for the private sector, in the first major revision to address longstanding criticisms that private companies are subject to stricter measures.

The seeming gap in the two sets of data protection measures became starker after a series of public-sector breaches involving sensitive data of patients and students.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 15, 2019, with the headline 'New data security rules for public sector by end-2020'. Subscribe