Sunday, May 07, 2006

Interesting developments

I have been away for a conference and the paper I gave was well received. I expect that the paper will be published at some point.

Anyway, returning to this, I received some interesting news about data protection developments. According to the Irish Times,

Ireland's Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Michael McDowell, is currently drafting the core elements of a new Privacy Bill. Rather than granting citizens new rights, the legislation will more clearly illustrate rights currently available under the Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.

Secondly, a government committee in Singapore is studying how well Singapore laws protect the privacy of personal information. It aims to produce its recommendations by the middle of this year. To date, there is no Singapore data protection laws and it appears quite odd to me that there is no appetite to introduce legislation on data protection. There is one article written on the Singaporean developments in the International Journal of Law and Information Technology.

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