Singapore police can obtain data from the country’s Covid-19 contact-tracing technology for criminal investigations, a government minister said in parliament.
“The Singapore Police Force is empowered under the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) to obtain any data, including TraceTogether data, for criminal investigations,” said Desmond Tan, the country’s Minister of State for Home Affairs.
TraceTogether is a digital system developed by the Singaporean government that notifies people who might have been exposed to Covid-19 through close contact with confirmed cases. It comes in the form of either a smartphone app or a Bluetooth token.
Tan added that the government is the “custodian” of data collected through the system, and that “stringent measures” are in place to ensure that it can only be used for “authorized purposes.”
As of Monday, more than 4.2 million people, or 78% of Singapore’s population, have enrolled in the TraceTogether program, said Lawrence Wong, co-chair of the multi-ministry task force tackling the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to information posted on TraceTogether’s website, the system only records users who have come into close contact with one another by exchanging Bluetooth signals on their tokens, but does not record their geolocation data.
Source: Eric Cheung and Sophie Jeong