Steve Tan, CIPP/A


Rajah & Tann

Partner, Deputy Head, Technology, Media, Telecommunications, Data Privacy

Steve is a Partner and Deputy Head in Rajah & Tann Singapore’s TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) practice group. Steve practices Data Protection, Cybersecurity, Information Technology,  Intellectual Property, and Digital Media / Entertainment law. He has been recognized as a leading lawyer for media and telecommunications in the PLC Cross-border Media and Communications Handbook 2009/10; and for TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) work in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 2010 to 2018; the AsiaLaw Profiles 2011, 2012; the Practical Law Company Which Lawyer; and Chambers Asia Pacific 2013 to 2018. Steve is also cited as a leading lawyer for Technology law in Best Lawyers 2013 to 2018, The International Who’s Who of Telecoms and Media Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Data. Steve won Corporate Live Wire Legal Awards 2015 ‘Communication Lawyer of the Year’. Steve achieved “In-House Community External Counsel of the Year, 2018” in the In-House Community resource where he is cited as “a fast, value-adding, effective counsel”. Steve is cited as “one of the best in the field of personal data protection” in Legal 500 2017.

Steve is at the forefront of data protection and cybersecurity work and developments in Singapore as well as in Asian regional countries. Steve is frequently invited to share his insights on data protection/cybersecurity/IT/IP/ Entertainment law and developments, at speaking engagements around the world such as Europe, USA including Singapore.

Steve is the author of a chapter in the 2nd edition of the authoritative book ‘Data Protection Law in Singapore – Privacy and Sovereignty in an Interconnected World’ published in 2018 by the Singapore Academy of Law on the topic ‘Data Protection and New Technologies’. Steve is also the co-author of a chapter in the Personal Data Protection Commission’s yearly publication ‘Personal Data Protection Digest’ on the topic ‘Personal Data Protection Commission’s Enforcement Decisions in 2017 : Some Lessons to be Learnt’.


Contributions by Steve Tan

  • Privacy Implications for the Use of AI and Strategies to Mitigate Risks
    Speaker at IAPP Asia Privacy Forum 2019
  • 'Global Privacy Strategy' Doesn't Mean 'Cut and Paste'
    Speaker at IAPP Data Protection Intensive: UK 2019
  • Trans-Border Data Flow and Cross-Border Data Breaches
    Speaker at IAPP Asia Privacy Forum 2018
  • Privacy in APAC: Views from Privacy Professionals
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive 2018
  • Breach Response: Effectively Preparing for a Data Breach
    Speaker at IAPP Asia Privacy Forum 2017