News Regulations03 Apr 2018

Singapore:Financial industry to develop guidance on use of AI & data analytics

| 03 Apr 2018

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is working with key industry stakeholders to develop a guide to promote the responsible and ethical use of artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics by financial institutions.

The guide will set out key principles and best practices for the use of AI and data analytics, helping financial institutions to strengthen internal governance and reduce risks of data misuse. The guide is targeted for completion by the end of the year. It will cover all segments of the financial sector including FinTech firms, said the MAS in a statement released yesterday.

The regulator has brought together a group of thought leaders and practitioners in data analytics in the financial sector to co-create the guide. The panel, which has 10 members, is called the Fairness, Ethics, Accountability and Transparency (FEAT) Committee.

The MAS will be engaging the industry to obtain views and feedback on the proposed guide in the current quarter. The MAS is also working closely with the Infocomm Media Development Authority to co-ordinate a broader understanding of AI governance across sectors.

Mr Hsieh Fu Hua, former chairman of UOB group, and co-chair of the FEAT committee, said: “The guide would be very useful for the financial industry. As the industry increasingly adopts AI and data analytics to serve their customers, they must also play their part to ensure that these technologies are used in a responsible manner.”

Dr David Hardoon, Chief Data Officer of MAS and co-chair of the committee, said:“AI and data analytics have huge potential to transform the financial industry for the better. But these technologies can also potentially be misused. MAS looks forward to working with the industry to encourage innovative uses of these technologies while putting in place the right conditions for their ethical use based on the principles of fairness, accountability, and good governance.”

Composition of Fairness, Ethics, Accountability and Transparency (FEAT) Committee

1.David Hardoon (Co-Chair)
Chief Data Officer, MAS

2.Hsieh Fu Hua (Co-Chair)
Co-Founder and Advisor, PrimePartners

3.V K Rajah (Special Advisor)
Senior Counsel and Member of Essex Court Chambers Duxton (Singapore Group Practice)

4.Teo Swee Lian (Advisor)
Non-executive Independent Director, SingTel and Non-executive Independent Director, Avanda Investment Management

5.Raymond Au
Chief Data Scientist and Head of Asia Lab, Allianz

6.Paul Cobban
Chief Data & Transformation Officer, DBS

7.Shameek Kundu
Chief Data Officer, Standard Chartered Bank

8.Richard Lowe
Chief Data Officer, UOB

9.Donald MacDonald
Head of Group Customer Analytics & Decisioning, OCBC Bank

10.Kelvin Tan
Head of FinTech & Data, SGX


 

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