Singapore Government Initiative Raises Privacy Concerns

Singapore Government Initiative Raises Privacy Concerns

It has been reported that the Singaporean government is planning to use sensors and cameras to track a variety of citizen activity throughout the island.

Called Smart Nation, the initiative seeks to use monitoring technology for societal improvement. Project head Vivian Balakrishnan, who is also Singapore’s minister for foreign affairs, says that Singapore wants to be a test-bed for ideas and new ways of doing things.

The technology will be used to track a range of activities such as smoking or littering, to monitoring the number of vehicles on the road. However, it is already raising privacy concerns, with some parties arguing that government surveillance is inherently problematic.

Source: LA Times

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