Security Cameras in Taxi Cabs Spurred Online Debates
The city is planning to place security cameras inside local taxi cabs have spurred online debates on balancing privacy concerns on driver safety and for a better resolution of passenger related disputes. The plans were announced by the Shenzhen transport commission in its official microblog, although they commission didn’t specify when will the cameras will be installed and how many cabs will have the cameras.
Drivers along with passengers welcomed the ideas of placing the cameras inside taxi cabs since it will provide evidences in driver and passenger disputes on fares or left items. Drivers encounter disputes almost every day and having security cameras can help in solving any disputes. The secretary general of the Shenzhen Taxi Service Industry Association have also said that having cameras can improve the driver’s safety as well. Although some residents commented online that the cameras might be used to infringe privacy rights.
Operators of taxi services said that the city should first establish a mechanism that will protect passenger privacy before the cameras are installed. Other operators have already installed cameras inside their cabs for the driver’s safety but are not used as often as it should be. Drivers use the cameras to take photos or videos when they think it’s necessary, sometimes passengers asked the drivers to turn the cameras the other way or to turn it off.