In Singapore, the government recognises the rights to protect one’s data. The Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) acts as a barrier to minimise the risk of allowing companies to resell your data – potentially leading to malicious activities. Companies, however, can collect, use or disclose personal data only for legitimate and reasonable purposes. With stiffer guidelines implemented in 2012 and 2014, organisations can expect to face highly severe fines if organisations cannot comply with the given policies.
While there are many preemptive and protective measures, threats will remain. Part of the threats comes unwittingly from yourself. Statistics have shown that cyber breaches are caused by negligence or mistakes as individuals fail to be cautionary when giving out sensitive information about themselves. So, what can you do to prevent yourself from such circumstances?
Understand the company before trusting them to hold your data
Before proceeding with your Permanent Resident application, be sure of who you are providing your personal information to. More importantly, you will need to trust the companies holding your data, regardless of the country, to ensure that your data will be kept protected and secure. We’d love to recommend that you find a company that highly values the importance of data security. Why?
Having been in the trade for an extended period, a large part of our day to day work activities comprises handling our client’s personal and confidential data. Due to the sensitive nature of our business, every application is unique, and the documentation needed varies. Based on the application type, you will be required to provide different information such as identification certificate, passport, birth certificate, ACRA biz-file and more. We understand the sensitivity of providing these documents. Thus we are highly committed to ensuring all data collected remains secure and encrypted. Refer to our previous article to find out how we do so!