"Singapore will do our part to facilitate the process where possible, but the final position between third countries is ultimately dependent on their own calculations," he said.
"Singapore remains committed to work closely with our RCEP counterparts to bring the agreement to fruition." Nisha Ramchandani Source: Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. The Law Society refers to the letter “A more neutral platform to handle errant lawyers, fee guidelines needed“ (Nov 3).
Similarly, building owners will also be barred from retaining people's NRICs in exchange for visitor badges.
The Personal Data Protection Commission outlined these new proposed rules in a public consultation released yesterday.
Keeping NRIC data private The Personal Data Protection Commission said that NRIC details should be collected only where the law requires it, or when it is necessary to verify someone's identity "to a high degree of fidelity", under the proposed rules. • Entry into secured buildings such as medical facilities. Those who have previously contravened travel agent legislation might be denied licences, she added.
It currently allows and continues to allow NRIC use without consumers' consent for: • Seeking medical treatment in hospitals and clinics. But it wants consumers to have the right to refuse to hand over their NRIC details or card when: • Redeeming free parking from mall operators. This comes as the Travel Agents (Amendment) Bill was passed in Parliament yesterday, marking the first update to the industry regulations in a decade.
The changes, which will be implemented in phases from January, will beef up consumer protection while relaxing some requirements to foster innovation in the industry.
Under the changes, STB will have enhanced investigation and enforcement powers.
She added that most agencies close down voluntarily, and only after fulfilling their contractual obligations.To date, two chapters have been concluded - on economic and technical cooperation, and small and medium-sized enterprises.In September this year, ministers endorsed a guidance document on key elements for significant outcomes by the end of the year.Singapore's Personal Data Protection Act, which went fully into force in July 2014, prohibits the indiscriminate collection of consumers' personal data, and requires organisations to account for the use of the data.But the current rules governing NRIC use do not mandate that service providers provide alternative methods to identify consumers.
The RCEP is a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) among the 10 Asean countries as well as six partners - China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.