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After Privacy: The Rise of Facebook, the Fall of WikiLeaks, and Singapore's Personal Data Protection Act 2012

Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, pp. 391-415, 2012

25 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2012 Last revised: 30 Apr 2014

Simon Chesterman

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

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Date Written: March 14, 2013

Abstract

This article discusses the changing ways in which information is produced, stored, and shared - exemplified by the rise of social-networking sites like Facebook and controversies over the activities of WikiLeaks - and the implications for privacy and data protection. Legal protections of privacy have always been reactive, but the coherence of any legal regime has also been undermined by the lack of a strong theory of what privacy is. There is more promise in the narrower field of data protection. Singapore, which does not recognize a right to privacy, has positioned itself as an e-commerce hub but had no law on data protection until the passage of the Personal Data Protection Act 2012. The passage of that law suggests the possibilities and limitations of an approach to data protection that eschews both the European Union’s privacy-rights-based approach and the ad hoc sectoral patches that characterize the U.S. approach to the subject.

Keywords: privacy, data protection, Singapore

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Chesterman, Simon, After Privacy: The Rise of Facebook, the Fall of WikiLeaks, and Singapore's Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (March 14, 2013). Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, pp. 391-415, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2042144 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2042144

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