Privacy and Our Digital Selves
The Straits Times, September 2, 2017
7 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2017
Date Written: September 7, 2017
Many of our fundamental principles of data protection are used the way in which a drunk uses a lamp post — for support, rather than illumination. As the Internet of Things ushers in a world in which all manner of devices gather up vast quantities of information, it is timely to question whether “consent” is the proper means of regulating how organisations may collect, use, and disclose personal data. In Singapore, for example, the Smart Nation initiative promises more efficient and effective government, but is also encouraging authorities to grasp this nettle. It may also prompt a discussion about whether the nation’s data protection laws should apply to government itself.
Keywords: personal data, data protection, privacy, Internet of Things, Smart Nation, Singapore
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