While the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) had come into effect in phases from 2013 to 2014, effectively at least 5 years ago, it is quite alarming to find that the number of breaches reached an all time high in 2019.
41 organisations were slapped with fines in 2019, while plenty more were given directions and warnings to put necessary policies and practices in place. The total penalties appear to have reached more than $1.6m for 2019. Arguably, this was skewed by the $1m penalty dished out in respect of the incredible medical record data breach that occurred last year.
Nevertheless, for the start of 2020, at the time of this article, a total of 14 organisations were found in breach of the PDPA, with a total of $150,000 penalties already dished out! Unless Singapore organisations take the regulations more seriously, we could see the amount of breaches for 2020 overtake 2019.