Singapore reveals COVID privacy data available to police

Singapore admitted data from its COVID contact tracing program can also be accessed by police, reversing earlier privacy assurances.

Officials previously explicitly ruled out the data would be used for anything other than virus tracking. But parliament was told it could also be used “for the purpose of criminal investigation.”

Close to 80% of residents are signed up to the TraceTogether program, which is used to check in to locations. The voluntary take up increased after it was announced it would be needed to access anything from the supermarket to your place of work.

The TraceTogether program, which uses either a smartphone app or a bluetooth token, also monitors who you have been in contact with.

If someone tests positive with the virus, the data allows tracers to swiftly contact anyone that might have been infected. This prompted concerns over privacy – fears which have been echoed across the world as other countries rolled out their own tracing apps.

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