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Dear privacy pros,

Given that this is the first time I am writing to you as the IAPP’s country leader for Singapore, I hope you will allow me to briefly introduce the new structure that the IAPP has recently adopted in the region.

In order to have “boots” on the ground and further enhance local networks in more countries in this part of the world where the privacy ecosystem is ever-changing, the IAPP has appointed a country leader in both Singapore (that would be me) and India (Rahul Sharma, whom you will be hearing from in the very near future). A country leader is expected to be appointed in Hong Kong shortly, and more APAC countries may eventually be covered under this model. Together with my fellow country leaders, I hope to be able to support you in building a fantastic career in privacy.

In this context, it is pertinent to note that Singapore is moving rapidly to position itself as a hub for privacy through leadership and training in the region. Some of the initiatives that were launched recently in Singapore include the establishment of an Advisory Council on the Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence and Data, as well as a separate council looking into the ethical use of AI and data analytics by financial institutions set up by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Both will be headed by former Attorney-General V. K. Rajah.

At the same time, the Singapore Personal Data Protection Commission has released a discussion paper setting out its preliminary analysis on issues arising out of the commercial development of AI solutions and a proposed accountability-based framework to facilitate constructive debate around such topics.

The Singapore Management University School of Law has also been awarded a significant research grant of $4.5 million by the Infocomm Media Development Authority and National Research Foundation to lead a five-year Research Programme on the Governance of AI and Data Use and set up a dedicated research center focused on the program.

On the training front, a Data Protection Excellence Centre is being set up in Singapore by Straits Interactive, one of the IAPP’s official training partners. The DPEX is expected to launch 16 July and will provide a number of courses on data protection and privacy, as well as cybersecurity, risk management and compliance.

Finally, it behooves me to put in a shameless plug for the IAPP’s annual Asia Privacy Forum this 23 and 24 July at the convention center of the beautiful Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. We have a stellar lineup of keynote speakers and expert panelists for this year’s conference, presenting an exciting program addressing current hot topics and operational challenges. It is also a wonderful opportunity to network with fellow privacy professionals in the region and around the world. I certainly look forward to catching up with you in person!

Kind regards,
See Khiang

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