Date
19 November 2017
A screen grab of the Star Zest website pitches its ''honest" service. Photo:Star Zest
A screen grab of the Star Zest website pitches its ''honest" service. Photo:Star Zest

Singapore tuition agency, director fined for privacy breach

A tuition agency and its director were fined S$39,000 (US$31,190) each by a Singapore court for breach of the privacy law, Channel News Asia reported Thursday.

They were the first to be charged for violating the DNC (do not call) registry requirement under the personal data protection law.

Star Zest Home Tuition and its director, Law Han Wei, 35, were punished for sending messages to mobile subscribers to market the services of its tutors between Jan. 3 and 14.

They pleaded guilty to 13 of 37 charges relating to breach of personal privacy which carry a fine of S$3,000 each.

The court heard that between Jan. 2 and April 2, the Personal Data Protection Commission received 405 complaints from 313 people about a specified message from the tuition agency despite registering their telephone numbers on the DNC registry.

Anyone found guilty under the law could be fined up to S$10,000 per charge.

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