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History

last updated 28 November 2016

The IMDA was officially formed on 1 October 2016, with the restructuring of the Media Development Authority (MDA) and Infocomm Development Authority (IDA).

It develops and regulates the converging infocomm and media sectors in a holistic way. IMDA is responsible for implementing the Infocomm Media 2025 plan, to create a dynamic and exciting sector, filled with opportunities for growth, through an emphasis on talent, research, innovation and enterprise.

In addition, the IMDA builds on the regulatory capabilities of MDA and IDA to better respond to a converged infocomm media sector, while continuing to safeguard the interests of consumers and foster pro-enterprise regulations. 

With more pervasive use of data, the Government will continue to promote and regulate data protection in Singapore through the Personal Data Protection Commission, which will be part of the new IMDA.

IDA was originally formed in 1999, with the merger of the National Computer Board and the Telecommunications Authority of Singapore, as a result of the growing convergence of information technology and telephony.

MDA was set up in 2003, with the merger of the Singapore Broadcasting Authority, the Films and Publications Department and the Singapore Film Commission, to champion the development of a vibrant media sector in Singapore.