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 September 13, 2011  Posted by  Laws, Non-U.S.

Two privacy issues in the news in Singapore today.  AsiaOne reports:

Consumers tired of receiving unsolicited calls from telemarketers may soon be rid of this annoyance.

The Government today launched the first public consultation on the proposed Consumer Data Protection law, reported The Straits Times.

The Ministry for Information, Communications and the Arts (Mica) is seeking feedback on a proposed national Do-Not-Call Registry. With this in place, consumers may opt-out of all unsolicited telemarketing calls or SMS messages.

Also under consultation is the level of investigative powers that will be given to a proposed Data Protection Commission (DPC) for enforcement action as well as the acceptability of a $1 million maximum financial penalty.

First announced early this year, the new law will be tabled for consideration by Parliament in early 2012.

At present, there is no general consumer privacy law for the private sector here, apart from those protecting the information of banking, telco and healthcare customers.

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