Doxxing in Singapore
Criminal

What is Doxxing?

As a result of new social trends, and the increasing risk of people posting information online to embarrass or harass others, an amendment has been made to the Singapore Protection from Harassment Act (POHA). The aim was to give more protection to victims of harassment, and make remedies easier to obtain. A new offence was created from January 2020, known as ‘doxxing’, which can be committed both online or offline....

04.28.2021
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Car speeding excessively in Singapore
Criminal

Speeding Penalties in Singapore

Speeding in a vehicle is highly dangerous – sticking to the limits is the safe and morally responsible thing to do. It will also help you to avoid prosecution, keep your record clean, and save money. Sadly, speeding remains a common offence in Singapore. Anyone can fall foul of speeding laws, so make sure you know the law to avoid speeding offences, and improve your road safety. Speeding belongs to...

04.2.2021
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A prostitute propositions a driver in Singapore illegally
Criminal

Is Prostitution Legal?

It may surprise some visitors to Singapore to learn that prostitution is legal. A pragmatic decision was taken that it was safer to legalise the activities and regulate them closely, rather than to make it illegal and risk driving it underground and out of sight completely. Therefore, both local and foreign women may offer sexual services from government-regulated brothels. They are required to have regular medical check-ups, and to carry...

03.29.2021
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Man taking a photo of a womens butt in the office
Criminal

Outrage of Modesty

The formal legal term for an act of molestation is Outrage of Modesty. These incidents can happen anywhere and anytime, and have become more popular in Singapore, especially in nightlife hotspots and on public transport. The Singapore Police Force have released data for the period January to June 2018, showing a 37% increase in the number of cases involving outrage of modesty at nightspots. In the same period, cases of...

03.29.2021
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Defamation in Singapore
Criminal

Defamation & Slander

What is Defamation? Defamation can be defined as the intent, knowledge or reason to believe that one’s words will harm the reputation of another (the victim). It is a criminal offence in Singapore, according to section 499 of the Penal Code. Defamation may also give rise to a civil action under the law of tort and the Defamation Act. In tort law, there are two kinds of defamation: Libel –...

03.29.2021
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Girl is upset due to cyber bullying
Criminal

Protection from Harassment

The offence of harassment is punishable in Singapore under the Protection from Harassment Act (POHA). It covers offences that happen in Singapore, and also crimes committed by foreigners against Singapore nationals. Attacks carried out online using the internet are also covered. The law has had to expand and adapt in recent years to cover new technologies and new types of offences. It now covers all areas of modern life, including...

03.23.2021
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Jail bars shadow across the floor
Criminal

What Constitutes a Criminal Breach of Trust?

On 1 January 2020, Parliament introduced long-awaited amendments to the Penal Code of Singapore, following several high-profile cases involving Criminal Breach of Trust (CBT). The key changes relate to section 409 of the Code, and involved defining the term ‘professional agents’, and extending the liability to a broader range of individuals entrusted with assets, when acting in the interests of clients or the general public. What is a Criminal Breach...

08.2.2020
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