Singapore Says COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Data Can Be Requested by Police

January 6, 2021

(NPR) – Privacy concerns have been raised after ministers in Singapore’s government acknowledged that data collected by its widely used COVID-19 contact-tracing program may be turned over to police for criminal investigations. Desmond Tan, minister of state for home affairs, told Parliament on Monday, “The Singapore Police Force is empowered … to obtain any data, including TraceTogether data, for criminal investigations,” Reuters reported. That was in contrast with previous assurances by the government.