Experts, consumers back stricter PDPA guidelines on NRIC

Under the updated guidelines, organisations will no longer be allowed to collect, use or disclose NRIC numbers or copies of the NRIC.
Under the updated guidelines, organisations will no longer be allowed to collect, use or disclose NRIC numbers or copies of the NRIC.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

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

On Friday (Aug 31), the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) announced that from Sept 1 next year, organisations will no longer be allowed to collect, use or disclose NRIC numbers or copies of the NRIC, except when required by law or in cases where precise verification of an individual's identity is needed. The guidelines relate to the Singapore Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA).

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