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Singapore, New Zealand partner to fight scam, spam communications

The deal will enable them to protect their citizens from unwanted calls and messages.

Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to enhance their collaboration against scam and spam communications.

In a joint statement, IMDA and DIA said the agreement aims to reinforce information exchanges such as scam trends, regulatory and technological solutions, public education, and collaboration on projects to improve anti-scam measures.

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This will also help the two countries protect their citizens from scams and spam messages.

 “Scam and spam communications are a global issue requiring close cooperation internationally to tackle. The MOA with DIA strengthens Singapore’s ability to combat scams and spam and helps to drive unity and cooperation with like-minded regulators. Singapore has taken a proactive approach to protect our citizens and will continue to do so by strengthening international partnerships,” Chia said.

DIA Chief Executive Paul James said they signed the MOA to drive research, knowledge and understanding of the legal and enforcement approaches between the two countries.

This will also allow them to provide investigative assistance in relevant cases. 

“DIA looks forward to building stronger ties with IMDA to fight unwanted calls and messages. Singapore is an important partner for Aotearoa New Zealand on the digital economy and this new initiative builds on our existing cooperation in this area,” he said.

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