Experts, consumers back stricter NRIC data rules

From Sept 1 next year, organisations will no longer be allowed to collect, use or disclose NRIC numbers, or make copies of the NRIC, except when required by law or in cases where an individual's precise verification is needed. They also cannot physic
From Sept 1 next year, organisations will no longer be allowed to collect, use or disclose NRIC numbers, or make copies of the NRIC, except when required by law or in cases where an individual's precise verification is needed. They also cannot physically hold on to an individual's NRIC. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

Misuse of data poses the risk of identity theft and fraud, they say

The updated guidelines for the collection, use and disclosure of NRIC details address the danger that its misuse could result in crimes such as fraud and identity theft, said experts and consumers.

The Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) yesterday announced that from Sept 1 next year, organisations will no longer be allowed to collect, use or disclose NRIC numbers, or make copies of the NRIC, except when required by law or in cases where an individual's precise verification is needed.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 01, 2018, with the headline 'Experts, consumers back stricter NRIC data rules'. Print Edition | Subscribe