Collection, Use and Disclosure of NRIC Number
The NRIC number is a permanent and irreplaceable unique identifier assigned to Singapore citizens and permanent residents.
It is considered personal data as the individual can be identified from it, and can be used to unlock large amounts of information relating to the individual.
Staff are required to limit the use of NRIC unless it is needed to accurately establish the individual’s identity for safety or security reasons.
Whenever possible, events registration should not collect participants’ NRIC number unless it is required to accurately establish their identity. Possible alternatives are:
For more information, please see PDPC Guides below:
Advisory Guidelines on the Personal Data Protection Act for NRIC and other National Identification Numbers
Technical Guide to Advisory Guidelines on the PDPA for NRIC and Other National Identification Numbers
Student Handling of Personal Data
NP students often undergo internship or training with companies, including healthcare institutions. As part of their reports requirements, staff should not require students to keep records of personal data, such as NRIC, medical conditions, home address, photos, etc.
Do remind students of potential breach of privacy or confidentiality when taking photos of individuals with their mobile phones. When taking a photo of/with an individual, they should check:
Example 2: Taking a photo of a company’s internal records (paper or screen)
Staff can help by reminding students of the above before sending them out to companies on their internship or training assignments.
Keeping your Mobile Devices Secure
In a connected world today, mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets often contain contacts and some personal information. With the prevalence of cybercrime, it is important to secure these devices as they are often connected to the Internet.
Keep your Devices Up to Date
Having the latest version of the mobile operating system (e.g. IOS or Android) is the best defense against viruses, malware and other online threats. Outdated versions contain vulnerabilities that are frequently exploited by attackers.
You may reference the guides below to keep your devices up-to-date:
Disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth When Not in Use
Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when you are not using them to prevent unauthorized wireless access.
Enable Remote Wipe
Enabling the remote wipe feature on your mobile phone and tablet so that you have the ability to protect the data should the device be stolen or lost.
SharePoint System Maintenance
The following URLs will not be available for
editing during the maintenance period:
Please email to
Support@np.edu.sg should you require further information or clarification.