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February 8 2018

Singapore Moots Stricter Use Of National Id, Bill To Ease Data-Sharing Within Government

The Singapore government is reviewing guidelines that limit the use of national identification numbers.

The revisions to the advisory guidelines in the country 's Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) pertain specifically to the collection, use and disclosure of NRIC numbers. The numbers, which are unique to each Singapore resident, currently are used widely to facilitate various functions, including gaining entry to buildings and signing up for customer loyalty programmes.

A bill recently introduced in Singapore will support the government 's effort to better enable public sector agencies to share data with one another. The Public Sector (Governance) Act 2018 also will enable government agencies to share data amongst themselves as permitted under the data-sharing directive.