Summary: Your Organisation’s 9 Main Obligations under the Personal Data Protection Act
Your organisation is required to abide by the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) when using, collecting or disclosing personal data.
The 9 main personal data obligations under the PDPA are:
- Consent Obligation
- Purpose Limitation Obligation
- Notification Obligation
- Access and Correction Obligation
- Accuracy Obligation
- Protection Obligation
- Retention Limitation Obligation
- Transfer Limitation Obligation
- Openness Obligation
1. Consent Obligation
Your organisation may only collect, use and/or disclose the personal data of individuals who have consented to such collection, use and/or disclosure.
These individuals must also be given the option to withdraw their consent, subject to them giving reasonable notice. Upon the withdrawal of consent, your organisation must cease collecting, using and/or disclosing the personal data of these individuals.
Read more about the PDPA’s Consent Obligation in our other article.
2. Purpose Limitation Obligation
Your organisation may only collect, use and/or disclose personal data of individuals for the purpose(s) for which consent have been given by these individuals.
These individuals should also not be required to consent to the collection, use and/or disclosure of their personal data beyond what is reasonable for the organisation to provide a particular product or service.
3. Notification Obligation
4. Access and Correction Obligation
Your organisation is obliged to provide information to individuals, upon request and as soon as reasonably possible, on:
- What personal data of theirs is in your organisation’s possession or under its control; and
- How such personal data has been used or disclosed within 1 year of the request.
5. Accuracy Obligation
6. Protection Obligation
Your organisation should put in place the required security measures to protect the personal data in its possession or control. This is to prevent any unauthorised access, collection, use and/or disclosure of such data.
7. Retention Limitation Obligation
8. Transfer Limitation Obligation
If your organisation is transferring the personal data overseas, such as storing the data in the cloud, ensure that the country to which the data is being transferred offers a comparable level of data protection as is provided by the PDPA.
9. Openness Obligation
Your organisation should be open to sharing information about its data protection practices, policies and complaints processes upon request.
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