Business Continuity in the Time of Coronavirus

The COVID-19 outbreak is now a pandemic. Company boards should review and implement their business continuity plans. Companies without such plans can still implement meaningful steps to minimise damage to their businesses.

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Face Mask Profiteering and the Price Control Act

Retailer 3 Stars issued an apology, reduced its face masks prices, and undertook to take greater care of their pricing practices. Considering these actions, and the rise in global prices of face masks, the MTI took no action on the complaints against 3 Stars but reserves the right to act under the Price Control Act in the future, if warranted.

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Landmark Singapore Court of Appeal Case on Autonomous Algorithmic Trading

In Quoine Pte Ltd v B2C2 Ltd, the Singapore Court of Appeal affirmed the Singapore International Commercial Court's ruling that Quoine was in breach of contract by unilaterally reversing B2C2's digital token trades. In its ruling, the SGCA provides guidance on how traditional doctrines of breach of contract and unilateral mistake can be applied to contracts involving autonomous algorithmic processes.

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Collecting Personal Data for COVID-19 Contact Tracing

The Personal Data Protection Commission released an Advisory stating that organisations may collect the personal data of its visitors, including the visitor's National Registration Identification Card or passport number, without consent if used only for contact tracing and other emergency response measures due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Review of Recent PDPC Decisions

Recent decisions of the Personal Data Protection Commission once again emphasise the importance of security measures to protect personal data in any organisation's possession or control. Measures should include comprehensive security testing and anticipating likely scenarios such as coding errors, vulnerability or cyber-attacks.

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