YES: Technology has generated a great degree of impact on privacy and security in Singapore as it catalyzes significant changes in our mindsets, behavior and responses to privacy and security.
The increasing availability, range and sophistication of surveillance technology makes protecting one’s privacy and security more challenging, leading to a justifiable sense of caution and fear about such technologies.
Rapid improvements in communications and information technology has created many more opportunities for cybercrime to take place, compromising the privacy and security of the digitally disempowered, such as the elderly and young children.
Advances in military technology have been incorporated by the authorities to enhance the operational capabilities of Singapore’s defense forces, providing additional levels of security for the country.
NO: Societal conditions and theresponse of various stakeholders to technology has largely reduced any potential impact it may have on privacy and security in Singapore.
The dangers of surveillance technology are well-publicized but so are its benefits for public security, and the Singaporean authorities have incorporated it into a broad range of security operations such as at immigration checkpoints, while easing the public’s concerns about the disruptive impact of such technologies on privacy.
Educational institutions and civic society organizations such as cyber-literacy groups have been largely successful in educating the public about the dangers associated with modern communications technology, minimizing its impact on our personal privacy and security.
The potential for advanced military technology to fall into the wrong hands, such as terrorist groups, is minimized through the strict control and regulation of such technologies, thereby ensuring that national security and public safety is not unduly compromised.