Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Singapore Police can access data from the country’s contract tracking app

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In a government update on the platform privacy policy On Monday, he added a paragraph on how the police can use the data collected through the platform. “TraceTogether data can be used in circumstances where the safety and security of citizens is or has been affected,” the new paragraph states. “Authorized police officers may invoke Code of Criminal Procedure (CPC) has the power to require users to upload their TraceTogether data for criminal investigations. “

Previous versions of the privacy policy did not mention that the police could access data collected by the app; in fact, the website said, “the data will only be used for COVID-19 contact tracing.” The government added the paragraph after the Singapore opposition party asked the Minister of State for Home Affairs if the police could use the data for criminal investigations. “We do not prohibit the use of TraceTogether data in circumstances where the safety and security of citizens is or has been affected, and this also applies to all other data”, said Minister Desmond Tan.

What is happening in Singapore is an example of the exact type of potential privacy nightmare which experts say could happen with centralized digital contact tracing efforts. Worse yet, a loss of confidence in data privacy could take people away from contact tracing efforts altogether, putting everyone at greater risk.

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