The Singapore government introduced a bill into parliament to amend the Electronic Transactions Act (ETA) (Cap. 88) (ETA) on January 4, 2021. The amendments set out in the Electronic Transactions (Amendment) Bill will be of relevance to the trade and commodities finance and fintech sectors as their primary object is to achieve recognition and equivalence
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) published a “Consultation Paper on a Proposed New Omnibus Act for the Financial Sector” (the CP) on July 21, 2020. The CP sets out proposals relating to the expansion of supervisory powers by the MAS in a range of important areas, including (among others) additional powers to take enforcement…
On 4 November 2019, Singapore’s Parliament published a draft amendment to the Banking Act.
Under the amendment, all banks will be required to evaluate the ability of their service providers (whether these be a branch or office, or an external party) to:
(a) safeguard the confidentiality and integrity, and ensure the availability, of the banks’ information; and
(b) protect all customer information against unauthorised disclosure, retention, or use.
Where the service provider is a branch or office of the bank, specific provisions covering the above must be included in the branch or office’s policies and procedures.
Where the service provider is an external party, however, then the relevant provisions must be included in the contract between the bank and the provider.
Such policies and procedures, or contract, as the case may be, must also confer on the bank, the regulator (the Monetary Authority of Singapore or MAS), or an auditor appointed by the bank, the right to audit the books of the service provider to ensure that the above requirements have been complied with.…