- 7 Jun 2011
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is reviewing its blanket ban on all camera- equipped cellphones inside military camps, paving the way for restrictions on such phones to be eased.
The Straits Times has learnt that under proposed changes, all SAF personnel will be allowed to bring these phones into all military installations islandwide, so long as the cameras inside them are removed.
Responding to queries, the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) confirmed yesterday that it is 'exploring ways' to allow its personnel to use the camera-equipped smartphones, 'while maintaining our current security policy on disallowing personal image-capturing devices to be used on Mindef and SAF premises'.
Spokesman Desmond Tan also said the review is being done as Mindef recognises the 'potential benefits provided by smartphones'.