As a statutory body, IMDA’s various roles are enshrined in the Info-communications Media Development Authority Act, passed in August 2016.

In addition to IMDA regulations, other regulatory frameworks relevant to the IMDA in discharging its regulatory responsibilities are listed below:

  • Info-communications Media Development Authority Act 
    An Act that establishes the IMDA to provide for its functions and powers and matters connected therewith.

  • Broadcasting Act 1994
    An Act to regulate dealing in, the operation of and ownership in broadcasting services and broadcasting apparatus, and for matters connected therewith. 

  • The Electronic Transactions Act
    An Act that covers matters such as electronic records, signatures and contracts and other matters.

  • Films Act 1981
    An Act relating to the possession, importation, making, distribution, and exhibition of films. 

  • Newspaper and Printing Presses Act (Cap. 206) 
    An Act for the licensing of newspaper companies and for matters connected therewith. 

  • Personal Data Protection Act
    An Act that governs the collection, use, disclosure, and protection of personal data by organisations.

  • Postal Services Act (Cap. 237A)
    An Act that covers matters such as the licensing of postal services for the conveyance of letters, postal services, and systems and other matters. 

  • Public Entertainments Act 1958
    An Act to provide for the regulation of public entertainments and meetings. 

  • Telecommunications Act 1999
    An Act that relates to the licensing of telecom systems and services and grant of spectrum rights, among other matters.
    View subsidiary legislation under the Telecommunications Act.

  • Undesirable Publications Act 1967
    An Act to prevent the importation, distribution, or reproduction of undesirable publications and for purposes connected there with.

Other Infocomm Related Acts and Policies

  • The Spam Control Act (Cap. 311A)
    An Act that relates to control of unsolicited commercial electronic messages and prohibition of dictionary attack and address harvesting software. There is currently no subsidiary legislation under the Spam Control Act. View more details on the Spam Control Framework.

  • Intellectual Property Rights
    The lead agency for Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection in Singapore is the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). IMDA provides support in the infocomm aspects.

  • Domain Names
    Under the IDA Act (Cap 137A), IDA has the power to authorise or regulate the registration, administration and management of domain names in Singapore. The Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) was set up in October 1995 with the main purpose of administering the Internet domain name space in Singapore. It is the central registry recognised by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to administer third-level domain name registration under the ".sg" domain name. SGNIC cooperates with the international, regional and local Internet communities to ensure a stabilised and efficient operation of the ".sg" domain name space in support of applications provided over the Internet.