askST: Is my privacy at risk with use of in-facing cab cameras?

Drivers must comply with privacy laws and get LTA's approval before placing cameras

Although guidelines for the use of inward-facing cameras appear to be in favour of drivers, they also require transport service companies to abide by the Personal Data Protection Act, fully in force since July 2, 2014.
Although guidelines for the use of inward-facing cameras appear to be in favour of drivers, they also require transport service companies to abide by the Personal Data Protection Act, fully in force since July 2, 2014. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Controversy has followed the Personal Data Protection Commission's (PDPC) announcement last Monday that allows cab and private-hire car drivers to insist on using passenger-facing video cameras.

The cameras are meant to protect drivers from unruly passengers and fare evaders.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2018, with the headline 'Is my privacy at risk with use of in-facing cab cameras?'. Print Edition | Subscribe