In brief

On 9 May 2023, the Ministry of Communications and Information ("MCI") published a statement by its Minister that announced MCI's plans to issue Advisory Guidelines on the Use of Personal Data in AI Systems ("Advisory Guidelines") under the Personal Data Protection Act ("PDPA").

Singapore had previously launched A.I. Verify, the world's first AI governance testing framework and toolkit for companies that wish to demonstrate responsible AI in an objective and verifiable manner.

By issuing the Advisory Guidelines, the Government plans to support the responsible development and deployment of AI so that its benefits may be enjoyed in a safe and trusted manner.

In more detail

In response to a question raised during a Parliament sitting on 9 May 2023 concerning how MCI intends to address advances in AI with platforms such as ChatGPT and the GPT-4 architecture, the Minister of MCI announced plans to issue the Advisory Guidelines.

The Minister of MCI further stated that where necessary and useful, MCI will update its measures to take into account the impact of developments like ChatGPT and GPT-4.

MCI regularly engages industry and international counterparts, including through its Advisory Council on the Ethical Use of AI and Data and the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to be across the latest developments in the AI and digital space. This would allow MCI to uphold trust and safety in digital developments.

MCI aims to issue the Advisory Guidelines by 2023.

With the speed of developments in the AI and digital space, this is indicative of Singapore's desire to be at the forefront of the responsible development of AI.