Privacy, Confidence & Data Protection in the 21st Century

5 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2021

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David Tan

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: March 2021


On 5 and 6 December 2019, the Faculty of Law at the National University of Singapore (“NUS Law”) hosted about 100 participants at the 8th Asian Privacy Scholars Network (“APSN”) Conference at its Bukit Timah Campus, convened by Professor David Tan. The conference was jointly presented by the EW Barker Centre for Law & Business and the Centre for Technology, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & the Law (“TRAIL”)—both research centres at NUS Law. TRAIL was also launched by Mr Edwin Tong, Senior Minister of State for Law and Health, on the first day of the conference.

The theme “Privacy, Confidence & Data Protection in the 21st Century” attracted 40 papers presented by scholars and practitioners from 17 jurisdictions. The kaleidoscope of papers covered a broad range of topics that included an interrogation of conceptual frameworks, practical analyses of personal data protection legislation such as the EU (“European Union”) General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and other national regulatory regimes, health data management, privacy issues at the Tokyo Olympics, privacy and the Hong Kong protests, and the surveillance economy. Professor Megan Richardson from Melbourne Law School, who delivered the first keynote address on Day One, advanced an account of five disruptive moments in the development of the common law, and the inherent disunity in the judicial conceptions of privacy over the decades. Mr Yeong Zee Kin, who delivered the second keynote address on Day Two, is the Assistant Chief Executive (Data Innovation and Protection Group) of the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (“IMDA”) and Deputy Commissioner of the Personal Data Protection Commission (“PDPC”). He shared how the “regulatory sandbox” had assisted the government in its policy formulations, and mooted the Model AI Governance Framework and the Trusted Data Sharing Framework.

Suggested Citation

Tan, David, Privacy, Confidence & Data Protection in the 21st Century (March 2021). Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, Mar 2021, pp 1-5, Available at SSRN:

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