Singapore launches biometric app for secure digital govt transactions

Singapore released the Singpass mobile app this week which allows citizens to conduct secure digital government transactions using biometrics for authentication rather than passwords. The app is now available from the Google Play or App Store.

Users can now log in using their fingerprint, facial recognition on select smartphones or a six-digit passcode. Additionally, users based overseas can now use the app to transact digitally with the Singapore Government, without the need for a physical token.

“The new SingPass Mobile app will offer a more convenient login option, as users no longer need to enter their passwords to log in,” explained Mr Kok Ping Soon, CEO of GovTech. “SingPass Mobile is another step towards our vision for citizens to access government and private sector digital services securely with a single, trusted National Digital Identity.”

The app also comes with enhanced security features to protect the user’s personal data. For example, when the app detects any potential security breach or presence of malicious software on the mobile device, the user will not be allowed to use the app on the device.

According to the announcement, the app will be progressively updated with new features to make it a one-stop touch point for government digital services.

Singapore has launched trials or production roll-outs of biometric systems at sea borders and Changi airport, and on lampposts in public spaces within the last couple of years.

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