The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has published a consultation paper on proposals to strengthen oversight of credit bureaus.
As credit bureaus collect increasing and more detailed borrower credit information from banks, MAS proposes to subject them to formal oversight under a new Credit Bureau Bill, so as to safeguard sensitive borrower credit information and protect consumers’ interests.
Under the proposed framework, credit bureaus will be licensed by MAS and subject to ongoing regulatory requirements. A key focus of these requirements will be for credit bureaus and their members to ensure data confidentiality, security and integrity. In addition, to better enable consumers to access and verify the accuracy and completeness of their credit records, members of licensed credit bureaus, such as banks, finance companies and credit card companies, will be required to provide to a consumer a copy of his credit report at no cost within a specified period of approving or rejecting a credit application by the consumer.
Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore