Singapore appoints new data protection chief

Lew Chuen Hong has taken over as CEO of the Singapore government’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and commissioner of the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC).

He was previously the IMDA’s deputy chief executive (development), Before that he served as the Chief of Navy and director in the research and enterprise division of the trade and industry ministry.

“He will build on IMDA and PDPC’s efforts in developing a thriving and inclusive digital future for Singapore,” the commission said.

Lew takes over from Tan Kiat How who, as commissioner since January 2017, led the evolution of the city state’s personal data regulatory regime from one based on prescriptive compliance to one based on accountability, emphasising the importance of safeguarding consumer interests while balancing business innovation.

He also guided the PDPC’s development of its AI governance, a first of its kind worldwide, as well as a data protection officers’ competency and training programme to guide professionals to effectively perform their job, the commission said.

The IMDA describes its main role as deepening regulatory capabilities for the infocomm-media sector, safeguarding consumers’ interests and fostering pro-enterprise regulations. It promotes and regulates data protection in Singapore through the PDPC.


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