Singapore to use facial recognition for national digital identity

Singapore will use biometrics, such as fingerprint, facial and voice recognition, for the new digital identity. Singapore will adopt a centralised biometrics identification system as part of its National Digital Identity (NDI) system.

“We want to extend this biometrics system as a service,” said Kwok Quek Sin, Senior Director of NDI from the Government Technology Agency (GovTech), at a session during the inaugural GovTech STACK Summit. “We will start off with facial recognition,” he added.

GovTech is creating a centralised biometrics system to save users the hassle of repeated enrollments. Citizens will only need to register their biometric information once under the centralised NDI system, and from there on, will no longer need to personally enroll this information for every service.

The government is offering “software development kits and plug-ins” to industries like banking and finance, so that companies can connect their services to the nation’s centralised biometric platform. “We want to provide this as a service so that there’s zero enrollment,” Kwok shared. “This is for one-to-one authentication,” he said. Users can present a unique biometric trait – their fingerprints, face, or voice – which the system then validates. This means that the process is “driven by the users”, Kwok added.

Biometrics is only one facet of Singapore’s national digital identity system, which will be completed by 2020. “Our goal is to build a universally-trusted data ecosystem,” Kwok shared. “In the future, your identity can be provisioned in different types and forms, be it smart cards or in future, wearables,” he said. “We intend to issue NDI free for all citizens.”

The main challenge for biometrics is to enroll users onto the platform, Kwok said. “The technology is already there, but businesses are not providing this yet because it’s very difficult to enroll users onto this,” Kwok said. “Imagine: every bank, company in Singapore starts to introduce their own biometrics system; there’ll be a lot of enrolling happening”, which can make the identification process very inefficient, he added.

Singapore is already adopting biometrics in public safety and immigration. “There are many different types of biometrics solutions. Some are more for surveillance and public safety,” Kwok noted. The police is fitting surveillance cameras with facial recognition sensors to track suspicious people, while Changi Airport’s fourth terminal uses facial recognition and fingerprint scanners so passengers can board their planes seamlessly.

Source from: Govinsider

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Singapore Employers Must Issue Itemised Pay Slips, Key Employment Terms from April

Singapore Employers Must Issue Itemised Pay Slips, Key Employment Terms from April

These changes aim to improve employment standards and facilitate the resolution of any employment-related disputes if they arise, says the Ministry of Manpower.

News from CNA:

Besides making employment terms more transparent, the changes include treating less severe infringements of the law as civil offences, which may attract a financial penalty but not a criminal record. “This process is more appropriate for these types of administrative breaches, and prevents companies from being penalised too heavily, especially SMEs,” said Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say, referring to small and medium-sized enterprises, which employ more than two-thirds of the workforce.

Laws requiring employers to issue itemised pay slips and key employment terms (KETs) to staff members covered by the Employment Act (EA) come into effect from Apr 1, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said on Thursday (Mar 31) in a media release.

This comes after the Amendment Bill was passed on Aug 17, 2015.

MOM said these changes aim to improve employment standards and facilitate the resolution of any employment-related disputes if they arise. Those who keep incomplete or inaccurate employee records will be in breach of obligations.

“As announced in August 2015, MOM will adopt a light-touch enforcement approach and focus on educating employers in the first year,” the ministry said.

MOM added that employers can tap on the EA assistance package for blank payslips and KETs that can be filled in by hand; software for generating itemised pay slips; one-to-one assistance for small and medium enterprises; as well as funding.

Four areas will be covered:

  • Failure to issue itemised payslips;
  • Failure to issue key employment terms, such as working arrangements, main duties and fixed salary deductions, in writing;
  • Failure to maintain detailed employment records; and
  • Provision of inaccurate information to the Commissioner for Labour or inspecting officers without intending to defraud and mislead.

Employers who breach the law will face an administrative penalty, ranging from S$100 to S$200 per employee or occurrence, and asked to rectify breaches. Failure to comply will become a criminal offence.

Key Employment Terms (KETs) from MOM


Tripartite Guidelines on Issuance of Key Employment Terms in Writing


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