With the aim of protecting data privacy, the government of Singapore is considering taking steps to greatly reduce the use of the National Registration Identity Card numbers for verifying consumers’ identities.
The NRIC number is a unique identifier that the government assigns to each Singapore resident. It’s often used as a required document or identifier for transactions with the government, as well as for many commercial transactions.
The government is considering requiring that many uses of the ID be eliminated. The goal of the move is to reduce the risk of using the numbers for identity theft and fraud.