Singapore relies on strict data surveillance of its citizens in the fight against the pandemic. The use of the TraceTogether application or a token will soon be a requirement for access to public and some workplaces and shops. Contrary to assurances, the information harvested are not only available to the health sector but also to the police.
Interior Minister admitted this in an questioning in the city state parliament yesterday: “The Singapore police are empowered to access any information under cyber procedure law. This includes the TraceTogether for criminal investigations. “That is grist to the mill of conspiracy fantasists around the world. So far, the Singapore government had firmly asserted that the TraceTogether app would only be used after positive corona tests for the purpose of containment and only made available to a small group of selected followers. Since September, the app had been downloaded 2.5 million times.
Lots Of Downloads After Announcement Of The Compulsion
After the government announced that participation in TraceTogether would soon be mandatory for many everyday errands and workplaces, downloads increased. There have now been 4 million downloads, which is more than three quarters of the population. Visitors to Singapore must also participate and register with their passports.
According to earlier government statements, information from the smartphone application will only be uploaded if a user has been tested as positive in the database. However, it cannot be ruled out that the police will falsify such entries if they believe it is an advantage for their investigations. In any case, the police could record the information from the cell phone. According to the Minister of the Interior for investigations, this is legal; a court order does not seem to be necessary.