22 Nov 2019

Singapore, 22 November 2019 - From 12 June 2019 to 22 October 2019, a folder containing personal data of 6,541 individuals was inadvertently attached to emails sent by the Singapore Accountancy Commission (SAC) to 41 individuals in 22 organisations (the “Incident”). The organisations comprise 21 Accredited Training Organisations (ATOs)1 and one vendor. The emails were sent to inform them of administrative matters.


2.     The affected individuals comprise past and current Singapore Chartered Accountant (CA) Qualification candidates, ATO personnel and other personnel involved in the administration of the Singapore CA Qualification programme before 17 May 2019. The information that was inadvertently disclosed included names, NRIC numbers, dates of birth, contact details, education and employment information, and Singapore CA Qualification examination results.


3.     The SAC discovered the Incident on 7 November 2019, after it had implemented a new data protection filter as part of the recommendations by the Public Sector Data Security Review Committee.


4.     After the Incident was discovered, the SAC contacted all 22 organisations on 11 November 2019 to request that they delete the data folder, and to ascertain whether recipients of the data folder had forwarded the data folder to other persons.


5.     As of 21 November 2019, all 22 organisations have confirmed the deletion of the data folder, including any forwarded data. The SAC informed affected individuals on 22 November 2019 of the unintentional disclosure. Affected individuals can contact the SAC at SAC_CHECK@sac.gov.sg should they have any enquiries. The SAC has also notified the Personal Data Protection Commission about the Incident.


6.     The SAC takes a serious view of this Incident, and deeply regrets this mistake. The SAC will set up a panel to review the Incident and make any necessary recommendations. The panel will be chaired by Mr Chaly Mah, SAC Chairman, and comprise members from the SAC Board, the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (PMO) and the Public Service Division (PSD).



1 ATOs are organisations comprising accounting firms and business corporates accredited by the SAC to provide Singapore Chartered Accountant (CA) Qualification candidates the required practical training.



For more information, please contact:

Ms Yvette Thomasz

Head, Corporate Communications

Singapore Accountancy Commission

DID: (65) 6325 0521

Email: Yvette_THOMASZ@sac.gov.sg


Ms Leow Weihui

Manager, Corporate Communications

Singapore Accountancy Commission

DID: (65) 6325 0514

Email: LEOW_Weihui@sac.gov.sg




About Singapore Accountancy Commission

The Singapore Accountancy Commission (SAC) spearheads the development of the Singapore accountancy sector with the vision of developing Singapore into a leading global accountancy hub. SAC is working to achieve this by deepening the skills of the accountancy talent pool; developing the industry to capture growth opportunities; and creating a hub and exchange by building Singapore into a centre for thought leadership. SAC is a statutory body under the Ministry of Finance. For more information, please visit www.sac.gov.sg