Privacy Awareness Week 2021

Start Date

24 May 2021

End Date

30 May 2021


12:00 AM



An initiative by the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA), Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) is held annually by its members to promote awareness of privacy and personal data protection issues. The PDPC is marking the fourth week of May 2021 as PAW in Singapore.

Make Data Protection a Priority

As we adapt to life in the new normal, new challenges arise every day. We may need to change the way we work, or even how we handle our work. 

Data use and its protection, too, are evolving with the times. The pandemic has seen a surge in data collection and use as organisations expanded their businesses online. This calls for more emphasis on the protection of digital data.

This year, Singapore’s PAW aims to highlight organisations’ accountability to their customers, and encourage everyone to make data protection a priority, particularly in a time where almost anything can be done online.

Featured Events

Discover and learn together, while apart. The flagship event, DPO Symposium, seeks to enlighten businesses to accelerate innovation, unlock growth and drive positive change. 

DPO Symposium
MONDAY 24TH MAY 08:45 – 10:30
Organised by: Personal Data Protection Commission

Returning for the second year, the DPO Symposium marks the beginning of PAW 2021. With the current digitalisation growth and the recent amended provisions to the PDPA, we look into furthering conversations on effective management and use of data.

Join us to learn from industry leaders how you, too, can benefit from the enhanced consent framework. We will also highlight the potential pitfalls of digitalising that can help you prevent data breaches.


8.45am Welcome and Opening Remarks

8.55am Sharing on Enhanced Consent Framework under the PDPA

9.10am Panel Discussion: Enabling Innovation through Data


Mr Lam Chee Kin

Managing Director and Head, Group Legal, Compliance & Secretariat, DBS Bank Ltd

Mr Royce Wee

Director, Head of Global Public Policy, Alibaba Group


Mr Yeong Zee Kin (moderator)

Deputy Commissioner, Personal Data Protection Commission

10.15am Sharing on Guarding Against Common Types of Data Breaches

10.30am End of Programme

Priority will be given to in-house DPOs. For enquiries, please email

Cross Border Personal Data Transfers: Spotlight on ASEAN Model Contractual Clauses
MONDAY 24TH MAY 10:30 – 12:00
Organised by: The Law Society of Singapore Cybersecurity & Data Protection Committee

Join us in this webinar to learn how the ASEAN Model Contractual Clauses for Cross Border Data Flows (MCCs) support and ensure personal data protection in cross border transfers, and how legal counsels and practitioners can use and incorporate these MCCs into binding legal agreements.

EU-Singapore Webinar on Enabling Cross Border Data Flows
TUESDAY 25TH MAY 16:00 – 18:00
Organised by: Personal Data Protection Commission

This webinar seeks to discuss the ASEAN Model Contractual Clauses for Cross Border Data Flows (MCCs) and the EU Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) and to provide more clarity for companies which transfer personal data between EU and the region.

This is a closed-door event.

Learn Best Practices of Data Protection: An Industry Sharing
THURSDAY 27TH MAY 15:00 – 16:40
Organised by: SGTech

Join us in this webinar to find out common data breach trends and good data protection practices for ICT systems. Stay updated on the amendments to the PDPA and how businesses can leverage on the enhanced provisions to speed up recovery and innovate in today's data-fueled environment.

Knowing and Innovating with the Enhanced PDPA
FRIDAY 28TH MAY 10:00 – 11:00
Organised by: Association of Process Industry (ASPRI)

In support of the PAW 2021 and to help you stay updated on the amendments to the PDPA, the webinar will touch on how businesses can leverage on the enhanced provisions to speed up recovery and innovate in the data-fueled environment.

Fireside Chat with Commissioner
FRIDAY 28TH MAY 13:00 – 14:30
Organised by: AsiaDPO

Engagement session for members of AsiaDPO on cross border data flows.

This is a closed-door event.

New Tools & Resources

Access the resources below to support your organisation's journey towards enhancing your data protection regime and enabling data innovation.

Drawing From Past Experience

Many data breach incidents could have been prevented through good ICT system management and processes. The PDPC has identified five most common gaps, and the corresponding good practices that organisations should put in place.

Explore the full list and recommendations here.

Get Familiar With The Data Protection Obligations

Being accountable helps you strengthen trust with the public, enhance business competitiveness and provide greater assurance to customers. We have put together a summary of all 11 data protection obligations under the PDPA for you.

Access the summary here

Get Involved!

There are several ways in which you can get involved. You could choose to watch our friends at Mothership speaking to people on the streets, download and share our PDPC stickers with your family and friends, or even play a fun game on data protection!

Expert Explains

The inquisitive reporters from Mothership hits the streets to find out how well does a common person on the street knows about data protection. Our resident expert, Chan Kah Mei, Deputy Director of Policy from the PDPC, shares her wealth of knowledge and corrects the common misconceptions about personal data protection.

Get the full scoop here!

Express Yourself with Stickers


Find yourself frequently nudging your friends and family towards adopting safer data protection habits? Let the PDPC stickers do the job for you!

Add the sticker pack on WhatsApp here.

Your Personal Data, Your Choice!


A data breach has occurred and your personal data has been leaked online! Spam messages are now flooding your inbox, and now you need to get rid of them before they take over completely. Your mission? Clean up your inbox! 

Play the “Your Personal Data, Your Choice!” game here

Let's Connect!


Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn and share with us how you are doing your part to make data protection a priority.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #PAW2021SG in your posts!