Singapore has turned into a startup hub by attracting thousands of foreign entrepreneurs and business owners every year. The company incorporation procedure is straightforward, with no red tape. The country is corruption-free and promotes transparency in its corporate landscape.
As much as transparency is necessary, it also sometimes put people's privacy at risk.
ACRA, the Singapore Registrar, maintains a public register of all Singapore-registered companies. As the name suggests, the information is publicly available, and anyone can purchase any company's profile at a nominal fee.
The company profile data contains details of the company's officers and shareholders that also include their addresses.
Public disclosure of personal information such as the residential address of an individual could impose serious risks.
Your address is available to:
All of the people mentioned above can misuse your residential address. Additionally, reselling firms purchase multiple companies' information at once and resell to bulk marketing firms.
Many people had criticized ACRA for providing people's residential address details just for being associated with a company. As a result, ACRA introduced a new provision. The new provision allows individuals to register an alternate address as their residential address in the company profile. This company profile, along with the alternate address, will be stored in the ACRA's public register.
This provision is applicable to both locals and foreigners who are linked with a Singapore-registered business. These people include:
However, not many people are still aware of this provision and not taking advantage of it.
If you register an alternate address, that address will be available in all the company profile's public disclosures. Your residential address will also be registered with ACRA as it is a requirement. However, it will be listed in ACRA's internal records and remain confidential.
You must satisfy the following requirements to register an alternate address with ACRA:
The last requirement must not be overlooked under any circumstances as it could result in a penalty.
If somehow you are not reachable at your alternate address, ACRA considers it a serious violation. The outcomes are as follow:
In addition to that, ACRA can make your residential address public. Furthermore, you cannot register an alternate address for the next three years with ACRA.
If you are looking forward to Singapore company registration and are worried about your privacy by disclosing your residential address to the general public, Epica would gladly assist you with registering an alternate address. However, you have to make sure that you are reachable at the alternate address you provide, or else you might face a penalty.
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