The Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting health crisis gave governments the opportunity to test a number of action plans. With actions that could last.
In an attempt to stem the spread of Covid-19 and limit infections, many governments around the world decided to implement a contact tracing solution. Thanks to smartphones and Bluetooth , in particular, this kind of operation is relatively easy to implement. It is still necessary that the users answer present. In Asia, the participation rate is particularly high, which will be useful in Singapore. Consequently, these data become very coveted .
Government of Singapore may use data from its Covid-19 contact tracing application
Many governments around the world have introduced contact tracing apps to help bring the Covid-19 pandemic under control. Being able to identify who has been in contact with a patient makes it possible to take the necessary measures as soon as possible to limit the spread as much as possible. This is very important, even capital, in the fight against the pandemic, but such a system also raises certain questions regarding respect for private life.
In the case of criminal investigations
In Singapore, the local government has just confirmed that the data obtained by its contact tracing application TraceTogether can also be used in possible criminals. The app (and the associated wearable) have been adopted by 80% of the population. This is one of the highest penetration rates for this type of system in the world.
This means that there is a wealth of data regarding users and their locations that authorities could use in the event that they need to follow a suspect in one of their investigations or to find evidence. The local government had previously tried to appease the minds of citizens by saying that this data would not be viewed unless the user to which it belonged had tested positive and that data would be encrypted and kept for a maximum of 25 days before being released. ‘be permanently deleted.
That being said, the government today confirms that according to the country’s Criminal Procedure Code, Singapore police can obtain any data they want, which includes data from the TraceTogether app. It is difficult to deny the benefits of such an application to stem the spread of the virus, but the question is more delicate when governments wish to use this data as that of Singapore can now do.