Stricter NRIC control from 1 September 2019

From 1st Sept 2019, it will be illeg­al for organ­isa­tions to col­lect, use or dis­close NRIC num­bers or make cop­ies of the iden­tity card, under stricter rules spelt out by the Per­son­al Data Pro­tec­tion Com­mis­sion (PDPC).This applies to Birth Cer­ti­fic­ate, For­eign Iden­ti­fic­a­tion Num­bers and Work Per­mit Num­bers.

NRIC num­bers or cop­ies of the NRIC can only be obtained or shared if they are required by law, such as when sub­scrib­ing to a new phone line, mak­ing a doc­tor’s appoint­ment, check­ing into a hotel, or vis­it to a mas­sage par­lour.

NRIC details may also be col­lec­ted when it is neces­sary to pre­cisely veri­fy an indi­vidu­al’s iden­tity “to a high degree of fidel­ity”. This would include vis­it­ing pre-schools or trans­ac­tions involving health­care (hos­pit­als), fin­an­cial (banks and insur­ance com­pan­ies) or real estate (prop­er­ties) mat­ters.

More inform­a­tion may be found at https://www.pdpc.gov.sg/Legislation-and-Guide…/NRIC-Extracts

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