Privacy Awareness Week 2020

Start Date

21 Sep 2020

End Date

27 Sep 2020


08:00 AM - 08:00 PM



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Digitalisation is happening, and happening rapidly in today’s data-driven climate. With more collection and use of data, accountability and transparency has become integral in strengthening consumer trust. When organisations can be trusted with little, they will be entrusted with more.

At Privacy Awareness Week this year, we bring together experts and trailblazers on the emerging topics in data management right now. Join us at the inaugural DPO Symposium on 21st Sept to get the inside scoop on how the upcoming changes to the PDPA impacts you, as well as how you can take advantage of new technology in biometrics to provide security and convenience for your customers.


If you are a Data Protection Officer (DPO) or a DP practitioner, these webinars and workshops are for you!

For registration and enquiries, please email us at

21 September 2020

09:00 – 11:15

DPO Symposium
by the Personal Data Protection Commission

Specially dedicated for DPOs, the DPO Symposium is an inaugural event to mark the beginning of PAW this year. With contact tracing taking centrestage this year, we look at furthering conversations on biometrics which includes sharing of good practices and debunking of myths of biometrics by industry experts.

 Time Programme
 09:00 Opening Address

Proposed Amendments to the Personal Data Protection Act

Technological advances, new business models and global developments have changed the way personal data is being collected, used and disclosed. To keep pace with the evolving landscape in the Digital Economy while providing for effective protection of personal data, the PDPC has proposed several amendments to the PDPA. This session presents an overview of these amendments which aim to support organisations' efforts as they transform and grow to better serve consumers.


Good Practices for the Deployment of Biometrics Solutions

The ubiquity of biometrics in this present age necessitates a secure and responsible deployment to build consumer trust in the technology. This session presents an overview of what biometric data is, the risks as well as good practices for organisations when deploying biometric solutions.


Debunking Myths of Biometrics

Biometrics offer several advantages to organisations such as security and convenience for their customers. This session brings together panellists from different parts of the biometrics value chain to share their perspectives on issues pertinent to the present discourse biometrics, and how consumers concerns can be addressed to foster greater trust when organisations deploy biometric systems.

 Walter Lee Walter Lee, Evangelist & Head, NEC Consulting, NEC Asia Pacific 
 Raj Joshua Thomas  

Raj Joshua Thomas, President, Security Association Singapore

 Corien Vermaak  

Corien Vermaak, Cybersecurity Specialist, Cisco

 Simon Chesterman Professor Simon Chesterman, Dean and Professor, National University of Singapore Faculty of Law, Member of the Data Protection Advisory Committee
 11:05 Closing Remarks and End of Symposium
13:00 – 13:30 Overview of the Singapore Government’s Approach to Managing and Protecting Data
by Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO)

Data is the lifeblood of the digital economy and a digital government. We need to use and share data as fully as possible to provide better public services. In doing so, we must protect the security of the data and preserve the privacy of individuals, and yet not stifle digital innovation. Through this sharing, participants will find out more about the Singapore Government’s approach to managing and protecting data, and how the National Digital Identity is aligned with these principles.

13:30 – 14:00 Leveraging SingPass Face Biometrics Service for a Seamless and Secure Digital Service
by GovTech

Businesses are now looking to use biometrics for identification and authentication in their processes, but there is no “one size fits all” strategy for implementation.Learn how to leverage the latest SingPass Face Biometrics service for their digital products, without the need to collect biometrics data, to enable a more seamless and secure online experience for your customers.

14:00 – 17:00 Do You Compute? Assessment Toolkits That Add Up
by AsiaDPO

Organisations are increasingly asked to rely on domain experts to assess their business and legal interests for data processing. Enhance your data protection capabilities with the use of toolkits that process data through human-centric decision-making.

In this workshop led by AsiaDPO, you learn from DPOs with real experience of conducting assessments to deep dive into practical case studies on legitimate interests exception (LI) and deemed consent by notification (DCN). Discover how an assessment toolkit can be effective and valuable to your organisation’s purpose and goals.  

Priority will be given to in-house DPOs.

23 September 2020

09:00 – 11:30 Data Breach Tabletop Exercise
by AiSP Cybersecurity Awareness and Advisory Programme (CAAP)

With the aim to drive digital security awareness and readiness, this in-depth TTX will take you through a mock data breach incident, which delves into different phases of incident response plans, and evaluating its effectiveness towards improving them.

Priority will be given to in-house DPOs.

14:00 – 16:30 3 Key Changes to PDPA
by The Law Society of Singapore’s Cybersecurity and Data Protection Committee

Amendments to the PDPA have been canvassed and three proposed key changes stand out: (1) The introduction of mandatory breach reporting, (2) the introduction of data portability rights and (3) enhancements to the consent regime in the PDPA to facilitate businesses.

Targeted at DPOs, managers, IT officers and executives, the workshop will take you through scenarios addressing each of the three areas, giving you an opportunity for practical hands on navigating of these changes.

Priority will be given to in-house DPOs.

Other events happening this week

22 September 2020

14:00 – 16:00

Online Engagement Session on Data Protection for Social Services Agencies (SSAs)
by National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and PDPC

Closed-door engagement session for SSAs on the discourse of data protection in the new norm for the social service sector. 


This session comprises a keynote address by Ms K. Thanaletchimi, President of Healthcare Services Employees’ Union, a sharing by Pastor Andrew Khoo, CEO of New Hope Community Services and a panel discussion. This session is strictly for SSAs only. Interested parties may write to


 K. Thanaletchimi K. Thanaletchimi, President, Healthcare Services Employees’ Union
 Andrew Khoo Pastor Andrew Khoo, CEO, New Hope Community Services
 Elaine Loo Elaine Loo, Director of Membership & Strategy Implementation, NCSS
 Azhar Azib

Azhar Azib, Founder and Principal, rawonionDecisions

22 & 23 September 2020

09:00 – 11:30

Future Economy Conference Exhibition 2020
by the Singapore Business Federation

Themed ‘Empowering People & Embracing Digitalisation for Resilience & Resurgence’, this conference is organised as part of SBF’s role as the apex business chamber to encourage businesses to transform.

PDPC’s Deputy Commissioner, Mr Yeong Zee Kin, will be leading a panel session on Emerging Stronger: Rebuilding and Restarting with Data on 22 Sept.

More details here.

23 September 2020

14:00 – 15:30

Empowering Business and Building Trust with the APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules
by IMDA, PDPC, and Personal Information Protection Commission (PPC), Japan

This is a closed-door session to update companies with business interests in Singapore & Japan on the respective countries’ data protection regulatory landscape and how the APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) can facilitate cross border data flows, helping companies empower their businesses and build trust with stakeholders.

Invite-only. Interested parties may write to

15:00 – 17:30 Data Privacy in Future Careers

With the proliferation of cybersecurity and privacy awareness on a global scale, tomorrow’s careers are increasingly being affected by privacy and data protection regulations.

Data privacy and protection has become one of the key focus areas in the digital age. Privacy compliance and assurance requires new practices, techniques, technologies and roles, which affect future careers.

This virtual session specially for students will cover current Singapore and global trends, with discussion on the role of DPO and its impact on future careers assessed.

24 September 2020

09:30 – 11:30

Roundtable Discussion on the Proposed Amendments to PDPA
by PDPC and Singapore Academy of Law (SAL)

Closed-door roundtable discussion on the impact of the proposed amendments to PDPA.

Invite-only. Interested parties may write to

14:00 – 15:15

Managing Third-Party Vendor Risk: Tips for Protecting Your Business
by International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

Every approach available needs to be used to protect your business so as to ensure reliability, high-performance and safety. This panel will address these approaches, processes and procedures that, from legal and practical perspectives, could protect your business while working with third-party vendors.

Receive practical advice on best practices that can be implemented to manage third-party risk in a systematic way, as well as the changing nature of third party risk, highlighting the most common types of such risks faced by businesses today.

More details here.

25 September 2020

15:00 – 16:15

Health Data Management and Privacy
by Singapore Health Technologies Consortium (HealthTEC) 

This session will engage the healthcare industry such as healthtech innovators and business professionals, researchers and healthcare professionals, on the relevance and updates on personal data protection. The speakers include a PDPC representative and an AI expert who will be sharing on the importance of accountability and updates on the PDPA, and on privacy preserving machine learning in healthcare respectively.

More details here.

Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) is an initiative by the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA). It is held annually by its members to promote awareness of privacy and personal data protection issues.