PDPC Updated Advisory Guidelines on the PDPA for NRIC and Other National Identification Numbers

Singapore's Personal Data Protection Commission issued updated advisory guidelines to clarify the position on the collection, use or disclosure of NRIC or other national identification numbers and provide guidance on how organisations can comply with the new rules. The guidelines will take effect on 1 September 2019.

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IMDA Consults on Spectrum Allocation for Enterprise and Public Mobile Use

The IMDA consulted the public on its proposed policy and regulatory framework on the allocation of spectrum for enterprise and public mobile use. With the new framework, the IMDA hopes to optimise spectrum use in Singapore and better serve the needs of enterprise users and mobile services users. The IMDA also proposes to assign spectrum by auction with specified reserve prices.

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IPOS Announces Enhanced Mediation Promotion Scheme

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) extended its Enhanced Mediation Promotion Scheme (EMPS) for three years from 1 April 2019. The EMPS is a funding scheme which incentivises and encourages parties in IP disputes to use mediation to resolve intellectual property disputes.

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Employment Act Amendments Take Effect on 1 April 2019

The Singapore Employment Act is amended to keep up with evolving employment practices and workforce trends. The new amendments extend the Core Provisions (including paid annual and sick leaves, paid public holidays and wrongful dismissals) to managers and executives, increase non-workingmen's salary caps, enhance employers' flexibility and enhance the employment dispute resolution framework.

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MAS Consults on Outsourcing by Banks and Merchant Banks

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) conducted a public consultation on improvements to its oversight of outsourcing arrangements managed by banks and merchant banks. MAS proposed a new section of the Banking Act and announced its intention to issue new notices addressing "material outsourcing arrangements", which will include any outsourcing arrangement where customer information is disclosed.

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