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Singapore to launch corporate digital identity CorpPass on Sept 15

BUSINESSES in Singapore will soon be able to use a corporate digital identity to transact with government agencies online.

CorpPass (short for Singapore Corporate Access) is a single ID that will progressively replace the multiple digital identities with which businesses currently conduct transactions online, such as SingPass and EASY (e-services authorisation system).

CorpPass is also a one-stop portal for businesses to grant and manage their employees' access to government digital services.

The service will be launched here on Sept 15, with Phase One of the launch making available services from agencies such as the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, Ministry of Trade and Industry, National Environment Agency and Singapore Customs.

ACRA-registered entities and UEN (unique entity number)-registered entities are encouraged to register for CorpPass by end-2017. The service will be available to foreign entities in 2017.

CorpPass was set up mainly out of feedback from the business community that SingPass should only be used for personal transactions and not corporate ones. Currently, employees who go on leave tend to share their personal SingPass ID and passwords with their colleagues to help perform business transactions like filing corporate tax.

Singapore is believed to be among the first governments worldwide to introduce a single corporate digital identity for businesses. CorpPass is owned by the Ministry of Finance and managed by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.