Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) is vowing to better protect consumers from spam and telemarketing messages, through stricter regulations and guidance requirements.
The PDPC is seeking public feedback in two areas relating to the proposal: A merger of the Do Not Call Provisions of the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) and Spam Control Act; and better Enhanced Practical Guidance for organisations who must comply with the PDPA.
Do Not Call (DNC) Provisions and Spam Control Act (SCA)
The merger of Do Not Call (DNC) Provisions of the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) and Spam Control Act will fall under a new Act that governs unsolicited commercial messages, includinging marketing messages and those relating to deception or dishonest gains.
The United Kingdom and Hong Kong have already taken similar approaches to crack down on unsolicited messages.
According to the PDPC, “The proposed changes will provide greater protection to individuals from unsolicited commercial messages and reduce ambiguity for organisations in complying with differing requirements when sending commercial messages.”
The PDPC will look at the following:
Enhance Practical Guidance (EPG):
Public consultation opened on April 27, 2018 and will close on 7 June 2018.