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Singapore police may use contact tracing data from TraceTogether for investigations

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Bloomberg1/5/2021 09:26 AM GMT+08  • 2 min read
Singapore police may use contact tracing data from TraceTogether for investigations
The remarks follow privacy concerns raised by citizens last year over the contact tracing program.
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Singapore’s police force may use data acquired through its widely adopted contact tracing program for criminal investigations, a senior official said on Monday.

Replying to a question about the city-state’s TraceTogether program in parliament, Desmond Tan, minister of state at the Ministry of Home Affairs, said the police force was “empowered under the criminal procedure code to obtain any data, including TraceTogether data, for criminal investigations.”

“The government is the custodian of the TT data submitted by individuals, and stringent measures are in place to safeguard this personal data,” Tan said. “Examples of these measures include only allowing authorized officers to access the data, using such data only for authorized purposes, and storing the data on a secured data platform.”

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