On January 4, 2021, Desmond Tan, Minister of State for Home Affairs, revealed that contact tracing data from TraceTogether, Singapore’s COVID Contact Tracing App, is available to police. (YouTube video)
The Singapore Police Force (SPF) is empowered under the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) to obtain any data, and that includes the TraceTogether data, for criminal investigations.
This contradicts the original privacy statement for the app, which stated the data would only be used “for contact tracing purposes.”
This is the slippery slope privacy advocates continually warn us about. Once government has a set of data, it will always find ways of using it for purposes never agreed to by mere citizens when the data was collected.
The question before Canadians is whether our government will similarly allow police to obtain the data collected by Canada’s COVID contact tracing app to assist in criminal investigations, which these days includes such nefarious acts as ice hockey, children’s backyard playdates and attending a church worship service.
Given the penchant for provincial governments to lock down their populations (Ontario), enact strict curfews (Quebec) and prohibit church services (British Columbia), one needn’t stretch their imagination too for to see how this could happen here too.
Very reputable Canadians say the it can’t happen here.
Very reputable people in Singapore said the same thing there.
Governments can’t be trusted.
Their objectives are always at odds with fundamental liberty.
If you can’t see the truth in that statement, please open your eyes and look around. The evidence is everywhere.