60 SMRT bus-fare inspectors armed with body cameras

Some commuters have said that body cameras worn by SMRT staff to record them raise privacy concerns, but under the Personal Data Protection Commission guidelines on data protection laws, when an individual appears at a location open to the public, hi
Some commuters have said that body cameras worn by SMRT staff to record them raise privacy concerns, but under the Personal Data Protection Commission guidelines on data protection laws, when an individual appears at a location open to the public, his consent to be photographed for the collection of data is not required.ST FILE PHOTO

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The next time you take an SMRT bus and a fare inspector approaches you, beware - you might just be on camera.

SMRT's bus route controllers, who act as bus conductors and verify that people have paid their fares, have been armed with body cameras while on duty since January.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 03, 2019, with the headline '60 SMRT bus-fare inspectors armed with body cameras'. Print Edition | Subscribe