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M’sian woman looking for a life partner with Google Form, got accused of being a scammer who is collecting personal information

Social NewsM'sian woman looking for a life partner with Google Form, got accused...

If you are single and are looking for a potential partner, there are many ways to do so.

Recently, a netizen took to Twitter to share a Google Form in an effort to help her friend to find a mate. The post went viral on social media and had garnered over 3,600 retweets and 11,600 likes at the time of writing.

Due to the overwhelming response, the girl, known as Syafiqah Ghazali, later decide to close the Google Form and apologise to the public.

Source: Twitter

Before she decide to take it down, she shared that the number of applicants was almost 2,000 with many trying their luck.

Sharing on her Instagram Stories, she asked people to stop contacting her as she is busy with work and would reply to every message received when she is free.

Source: Instagram

However, netizens who are sceptical about this entire incident had accused her of being a scammer who is trying to collect phone numbers and personal details of the public.

There were some who said that a marriage relationship should be based on friendship and knowing each other.

Netizens also claimed that Syafiqah has breached the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 (PDPA) for using Google Form for such a purpose.

In response to the accusations, she demanded those who are spreading such claims stop posting about them on social media. She also threatened to take legal action against those who continue to slander her name.

Some of her friends also defended her by sharing their experiences with her.

Nonetheless, Syafiqah is not the first to use Google Form in looking for a mate.

What Is PDPA?

The PDPA came into effect in Malaysia on 15 November 2013 and its objective is to protect the personal data of individuals concerning commercial transactions.

The PDPA defines personal data as any information in respect of commercial transactions.

This includes direct or indirect to any individual, who is identified or identifiable from that information or other information in possession of the individual.

The Act also safeguards personal data by requiring data users to comply with certain obligations, including obtaining consent from people about their personal data.

A fine of not more than RM300,000 and/or imprisonment not exceeding 2 years can be imposed for breaching the personal data protection principles set out under the PDPA.

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