Knowledge Highlights 2 August 2019

With effect from 1 September 2019, organisations must not collect, use or disclose Singapore National Registration Identification Card (“NRIC”) numbers, among others, to comply with the “Advisory Guidelines on the Personal Data Protection Act for NRIC and Other National Identification Numbers” (“NRIC Advisory Guidelines”) issued by the Personal Data Protection Commission (“PDPC”) on 31 August 2018.

The NRIC Advisory Guidelines will apply to the collection, use or disclosure of the following national identification numbers (“National IDs”):

  • NRIC numbers
  • Passport numbers
  • Birth certification numbers
  • Foreign identification numbers
  • Work permit numbers

However, the NRIC Advisory Guidelines will not apply to the collection, use and disclosure of National IDs, including the retention of physical NRICs, where such collection, use and disclosure is carried out by a public agency or organisation acting on behalf of a public agency in Singapore (e.g. Government ministries, statutory boards and organs of State).

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