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IT Newslett for Students - Nov 2018
for StudentsNov 2018

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. 


Student organising activities or events should not collect participants’ NRIC number unless it is deem necessary to accurately establish their identity.  Possible alternatives are:

  • Email address or mobile number
  • Student ID


Student Handling of Personal Data

NP students often undergo internship or training with companies. You should be mindful of potential breach of privacy or confidentiality when taking a photo with your mobile phones. 


Example 1: Taking a photo of/with an individual

  • What is the purpose of the photo?
  • Do you have consent to take the photo? 


Example 2: Taking a photo of a company’s internal records (paper or screen)

  • Are you authorised to “extract” and use this information?
  • Do you have consent to use the information? 


 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) and applications are 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 Outdated versions contain vulnerabilities that are frequently exploited by attackers.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.

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