Stricter rules governing the collection and use of NRIC data from Sept 1 next year are welcome, especially as Singapore prepares for the roll-out of a digital national identity.
The National Registration Identity Card (NRIC) is a unique, permanent identifier given to all Singaporeans and permanent residents. Introduced in 1966, it has gained national acceptance, so that even booking cinema tickets online, or redeeming a carpark voucher at the mall, often requires the surrender of one's NRIC details. At many commercial buildings, security posts retain visitors' physical NRICs. Such overuse of the NRIC creates risks that a person's name, NRIC number, date of birth and address may be put at risk.