Authorities in Singapore are planning to install face recognition cameras atop 100,000 across the city-state as part of a pilot-project to “perform crowd analytics” and protect the city from terror attacks. Despite those lofty goals, security experts and rights groups are showing concerns on the issue fearing privacy breaches.
The project “Lamppost-as-a-Platform” was being launched at the behest of government agency GovTech which set a May deadline for companies interested in participating to come forward.
“As part of the LaaP trial, we are testing out various kinds of sensors on the lampposts, including cameras that can support backend facial recognition capabilities,” a GovTech spokesman told Reuters.
Nevertheless, some officials were also concerned about the potential privacy issues the new plan might throw up.
That was despite government attempts to promote the program as part of a broad Smart Nation plan to improve people's lives through technology and its assurances that it will be sensitive to privacy, with a spokesman for GovTech saying that: “The need to protect personal data and preserve privacy are key considerations in the technical implementation of the project.”