PDPC launches new framework to bolster data protection in Singapore

The pilot programme will combine data protection and innovation competencies to train DPOs.

The Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) announced a new framework and the appointment of an accountability agent to advance Singapore’s goal of regional data protection and data innovation.

Aspiring Data Protection Officers (DPOs) will undergo a 12-month pilot programme patterned after the Data Protection Officer Competency Framework and Training Roadmap, which will combine both data protection and data innovation competencies to train and upskill DPOs.

Courses will be offered by PDPC in partnership with the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and Employment and Employability Institute and NTUC LearningHub. The data protection-related courses will be available from Q4, and PDPC expects at least 500 DPOs to benefit from the framework in the first year.

PDPC also announced the appointment of the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) as Singapore’s Accountability Agent for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Cross Border Privacy Rules (APEC CBPR) and Privacy Recognition for Processors (PRP) Systems certifications. IMDA’s appointment will allow organisations in Singapore to be certified under APEC CBPR and PRP Systems for accountable data transfers across borders to other certified organisations. The two certifications will complement IMDA’s Data Protection Trustmark Certification.

The initiatives were announced by S. Iswaran, Minister for Communications and Information, at the 7th Personal Data Protection Seminar.

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