Exemption Requests

Applying to the PDPC for exemptions to the provision in the PDPA

Application for Exemption from the Transfer Limitation Obligation

  • Section 26(1) of the PDPA provides that an organisation shall not transfer any personal data to a country or territory outside Singapore except in accordance with requirements prescribed under the PDPA to ensure that organisations provide a standard of protection to personal data so transferred that is comparable to the protection under the PDPA.
  • Section 26(2) of the PDPA provides that the PDPC may, on the application of any organisation, by notice in writing exempt the organisation from any requirement prescribed pursuant to section 26(1) in respect of any transfer of personal data by that organisation.
  • An exemption granted under section 26(2) may be granted subject to such conditions as the PDPC may specify in writing and may be revoked at any time by the PDPC.

Application for Exemption from any provision under the PDPA

  • Pursuant to section 62 of the PDPA, the PDPC may, with the approval of the Minister, by order published in the Gazette, exempt any person or organisation or any class of persons or organisations from all or any of the provisions of this Act, subject to such terms or conditions as may be specified in the order.

How can my organisation apply for an exemption?

Persons or organisations that wish to apply for an exemption from any provision of the PDPA should provide the following information to the PDPC in writing at corporate@pdpc.gov.sg:

  • The provision(s) of the PDPA for which the exemption is sought
  • The period(s) for which the exemption is sought
  • In the case of a section 26(2) application, the identity of person(s)/organisation(s) or class of persons/organisations seeking the exemption, details of the type and volume of personal data intended to be transferred, and all relevant circumstances of the transfer
  • In the case of a section 62 application, the identity of person(s)/organisation(s) or class of persons/organisations seeking the exemption
  • Detailed explanation of the reasons for seeking the exemption and evidence supporting those reasons
    • In the case of a section 26(2) application, detailed explanation of the reasons why the organisation is unable to rely on the avenues provided for in Regulation 9 of the Personal Data Protection Regulations 2014 to comply with section 26 of the PDPA.
  • Any other supporting information and documentation

When furnishing any information to the PDPC, an applicant may identify information that the applicant claims to be confidential information. Any such information should be clearly marked and placed in a separate annex and any claim for confidential treatment must be supported by a written statement giving reasons why the information is confidential. Please note, however, that the PDPC and its officers may disclose any matter, including matters that have been identified as confidential or matters relating to the identity of persons furnishing information to the PDPC, where necessary for the performance of their functions or discharge of their duties or where lawfully required by any court, or lawfully required or permitted under the PDPA or any other written law. In particular, please note that an exemption order made under section 62 will be published in the Gazette.

Last updated on 21 February 2018