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Singapore Budget 2014: Sparring over Big Brother, cabs and cycling

Robust, transparent rules needed on storage, access and use of CCTV info

Published on Mar 12, 2014 8:12 AM

There was a moment when yesterday's lively Parliament session would have pleased Big Brother.

Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Grace Fu showed footage of a man caught on film tossing a cigarette butt at a roadside. As the licence plate of his motorbike was visible, he was duly identified and fined.

Taken with this idea, MP Lim Biow Chuan asked if the National Environment Agency "would be relying on CCTVs installed along lamp posts in the private estates to take enforcement action against litterbugs".

Ms Fu's reply: NEA already taps CCTV footage from government agencies for a range of purposes. It uses Land Transport Authority (LTA) footage to monitor flooding.

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