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RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Intellectual Property & Technology Partner Wun Rizwi and Senior Associate Jack Ow co-authored an opinion piece titled “End of safe-harbour deal: S’pore’s position” for The Business Times.
The article highlights the recent ground-breaking decision taken by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that counter-surveillance measures in the US have made the EU-US safe-harbour agreement (“Safe Harbour Principles”) no longer a valid ground. This means that personal data transferred to the US is protected by measures not recognised as adequate under EU Data Protection Laws.
This is a reminder to organisations that it is not enough to simply rely on Safe Harbour Principles to comply with the Transfer Limitation Obligation (TLO) under Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Act 2012, and provides an opportunity for Singapore to clarify what is an acceptable standard for international data transfers from Singapore into the US.
The full article can be found in the 17 October 2015 edition of The Business Times’ Opinion section.