MCI response to PQ on Shutdown of Anti SMS Spoofing Registry
Parliament Sitting on 4 April 2022
QUESTION FOR ORAL ANSWER
35. Mr Yip Hon Weng: To ask the Minister for Communications and Information (a) why was the anti-SMS spoofing registry shut just about over a month after government agencies announced their intent to join the registry; (b) whether adequate time was given for the agencies to assess the new decision; (c) what are the ways by which the full-fledged Singapore SMS SenderID Registry will be superior; (d) how will it put us in line with international practices; and (e) what is the timeline for banks, government agencies and interested organisations to be fully onboarded.
2. Under the previous MEF's model, spoofed SMSes that use a registered Sender ID will still be received by consumers, until the Sender ID owner confirms that the spoofed SMSes are not legitimate and should be blocked. The new SSIR takes a more proactive approach. It can block spoofed SMSes upfront and provides greater control over anti-spoof measures that better protect Singaporeans. The pilot with MEF provided useful insights which has helped IMDA to set up the SSIR quickly. In addition, the SSIR will offer a more affordable pricing model to enable more widespread participation, especially for SMEs that are interested to sign up for the service.