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Passenger-facing cameras: Encrypt recordings and restrict access

Rules are needed to safeguard passenger privacy if cab and private-hire car drivers are allowed to install in-facing cameras.

Singapore's privacy watchdog, the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC), caused a minor furore on Monday last week when it said cab and private-hire car drivers can use passenger-facing video cameras as a way to deter fare cheats and abusive passengers.

That bit of information was contained in its new guidelines on in-vehicle recording by transport service providers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 19, 2018, with the headline 'Passenger-facing cameras: Encrypt recordings and restrict access'. Print Edition | Subscribe