SingPass to be upgraded to NRIC's digital equivalent

Move will allow it to secure high-risk online transactions such as bank account openings

The upgrade will in effect transform the 17-year-old technology into the digital equivalent of the pink NRIC.
The upgrade will in effect transform the 17-year-old technology into the digital equivalent of the pink NRIC.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM SINGPASS WEBSITE

National authentication system SingPass is undergoing an extensive upgrade that will allow it to secure high-risk online transactions such as bank account openings or fund withdrawals and transfers.

The upgrade will in effect transform the 17-year-old technology into the digital equivalent of the pink NRIC, putting Singapore on the world map for being among the first to do so.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 01, 2020, with the headline 'SingPass to be upgraded to NRIC's digital equivalent'. Print Edition | Subscribe