TAN Keng Joo, Steve

Adjunct Professor

LL.M. (Computer and Communications Law)(London), LL.B. (Hons)(NUS), Advocate and Solicitor (Singapore), Certified Information Privacy Professional (Asia) (CIPP/A)

  • Partner and Deputy Head (Technology, Media & Telecommunications), Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP
  • Director, Rajah & Tann Technologies Pte Ltd
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Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
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Singapore 259776
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Subjects Taught

Privacy & Data Protection

Brief Biodata

Steve is a Partner and Deputy Head in Rajah & Tann Singapore’s TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) practice group. Steve practices Data Protection, Cybersecurity, Information Technology,  Intellectual Property, and Digital Media / Entertainment law. He has been recognized as a leading lawyer for media and telecommunications in the PLC Cross-border Media and Communications Handbook 2009/10; and for TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) work in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 2010 to 2019; the AsiaLaw

Profiles 2011, 2012; the Practical Law Company Which Lawyer; and Chambers Asia Pacific 2013 to 2019
. Steve is cited as a leading lawyer for Technology law in Best Lawyers 2013 to 2019, and The International Who’s Who of Telecoms and Media Lawyers. Steve is recognised as a leading lawyer in Who’s Who Legal : Data 2019 for (i) Telecoms & Media, (ii) Data Security, and (iii) Data Privacy & Protection. Steve won Corporate Live Wire Legal Awards 2015 ‘Communication Lawyer of the Year’. Steve achieved "In-House Community External Counsel of the Year, 2018" in the In-House Community resource where he is cited as "a fast, value-adding, effective counsel". Steve further won Corporate Insider Business Excellence Award 2019 ‘Communication Lawyer of the Year - Singapore’. Steve is cited as "one of the best in the field of personal data protection" in Legal 500 2017. In Legal 500 2019, Steve is cited as being "one of the gurus in the field of data protection". In Chambers Asia Pacific 2019, Steve receives praise from a client who characterises him as a "truly dedicated and passionate TMT lawyer. His knowledge in data protection laws and understanding of policymaking are key. His wealth of experience in this area of law gives me the confidence that I have been advised by one of the best in class.". Steve achieved top 10 in the Financial Times (FT) Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Award 2019. Steve was additionally picked as a top 30 individual practitioner worldwide for Privacy and Data Protection in Euromoney’s Best of the Best Global Expert Guide 2019.

Representative Publications

1. The chapter 'Data Protection and New Technologies’ in the 2nd edition of the book 'Data Protection Law in Singapore - Privacy and Sovereignty in an Interconnected World' published in 2018 by the Singapore Academy of Law.

2. Co-author of the chapter 'Personal Data Protection Commission’s Enforcement Decisions in 2017 : Some Lessons to be Learnt’ in the Personal Data Protection Commission’s 2018 'Personal Data Protection Digest’.

3. Co-author of the chapter 'Embracing Accountability In The Context Of Personal Data Protection As Understood From The Personal Data Protection Commission’s Enforcement Decisions In 2018’ in the Personal Data Protection Commission’s 2019 'Personal Data Protection Digest’.

4. Article 'How safe is your personal data collected by your smart devices?’ — Business Times 18 September 2018.

5. Article 'Firms must put in place sufficient cybersecurity measures’ — Business Times 9 May 2017.

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