Singapore Discloses That Citizen COVID-19 Data is Accessible to Police


Singaporean law enforcers have the ability to access the country’s COVID-19 contact tracing data in order to help with their criminal investigations.

There have been more than 4.2 million residents or 78% of the local population so far who has downloaded the TraceTogether contact tracing application and adopted the wearable token.

The Singaporean government had made it mandatory to use the application or token to enter public venues in early 2021, when it was able to distribute the token to anyone who wanted one. 

The TraceTogether contract tracing application connects Bluetooth signals to detect other participating mobile devices that are within 2 meters of each other for more than 30 minutes in order to let the user identify those who have been in close contact when needed.

The Singapore government had stressed initially that the data being gathered from the application would “never be accessed unless the user tests positive” for the virus and was then contacted by the contact tracing team.

Personal data such as unique identification number and mobile number would also would be substituted by a random permanent ID and stored on a secured server. 

Only authorized law enforcers may invoke the Criminal Procedure Code to be able to access TraceTogether data for criminal investigation, however, this data is mostly used for contact tracing and to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The Singaporean police had also played a significant part in aiding the Health Ministry in identifying and locating individuals who had been in close contact with COVID-19 patients. 

Law enforcers would conduct ground inquiries and review CCTV footage in order to find the location and movement of these individuals. 

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