Cyber Security Chief OKs Email Scanning: Citizens’ Privacy must Make Way for National Interests

Posted on Oct 11 2016 - 7:18pm by Redwire Singapore

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A worry for Singaporeans who value their privacy – the nation’s Cyber Security Agency top dog has said that whatever you deem sacred must make way for national interests.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Singapore International Cyber Week, chief executive David Koh said that sharing of personal data among law enforcement agencies.

He was responding to a question on whether authorities would condone a move to scan email accounts a move or respond to such requests to share personal data among agencies.

“There are competing demands, (for) individual personal data protection, security, and national security … it’s not so simple … Under certain circumstances, it would be — in my opinion — in the national interest, in the interest of citizens that information, perhaps of any attack, is allowed to be shared among law enforcement agencies.”

Koh did not elaborate on who would make the call to share such personal data, but he did say that the Cyber Security Agency would have to coordinate closely with the Ministry of Home Affairs and work out how to develop operational processes.

Koh said that under certain circumstances such as those involving terrorists there would be an impetus to share personal data.

 

 

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  1. OK to Scan Emails October 25, 2016 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Quite sure the majority citizens support and approve the gov to scan emails for security purpose, as long as the Cyber team dont include any indian or jew, NOT even one. Please, use some common sense, study the past Asia histories on their characters and the destruction they’d done.

    The current chaotic situation and high crime rate just to remind everyone history CAN repeat itself !

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