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Access to the data in Trace Together device

I give my views about the access to the data in the Trace Together device (i.e. the token or the mobile app).

The device record the token ID of the two devices that have been in close contact within a close proximity and for a certain period of time. It does not store the location and the name of the parties.

The data is stored in the device and is not uploaded to the government server.

This is a separate system from the Safe Entry that is recorded contains the location, time and identity of the person and is stored in the government servers.

In this respect, the data in the Trace Together device is quite private.

If a person is found to be infected with the coronavirus, the ministry of health can download the TT data and retrieve the token ID of the people that the infected person had been in close contact over the past 14 days.

The health authority can get the name and telephone number of the contacted persons, using the token ID, and send an alert to alert them to go for testing.

The government has declared that the TT data will only be used for this purpose. I trust their intention.

It is true that the current Criminal Procedure Code allow the police to confiscate computers, devices and documents to gather evidence in connection with a crime.

This power, which has been around for several decades, is not restricted to the TT data. It covers a very large scope.

If there is any concern about the powers of the police, it should be directed at the more sensitive information that can be confiscated. The TT data is probably rather unimportant.

If a person to be engaged in a meeting that they don’t want to be recorded, he or she can turn off the Trace Together recording for that duration.

For the large majority of law abiding citizens, there is no need to fear about the loss of privacy.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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12 Responses to “Access to the data in Trace Together device”

  • Token Ring Device ?:

    How to turn off the Token Ring Device ? TKL please advise.

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  • How To Trust ?:

    A PROMISE IS A PROMISE. If not how to trust the Ministers anymore ?

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  • If everything Tan says is true, then the app is relatively safe and everyone should get one to help in the C19 control. Bluetooth has a very limited range of about 10m and I have not heard of any Bluetooth that can connect to a GPS satellite to keep track of a user’s location unless there are BT stations nearby within very close range.

    However, to err on the safe side least the app is designed to do something fishy in the background (not a fact, just a possibility), users may consider changing the permissions of the app to NOT ALLOW it to connect to a network, be it DATA or WIFI. While you are at it, disable permission for the camera, reading of address book, reading of SMS, making calls and everything else that you think the app does not need to do. Just give the app permission for Bluetooth, storage and Mobile ID will do. It’s a very simple process and takes less than a minute to do so.

    Just open the menu under “system settings”, “applications”, highlight the app and then look for “permission”. On some mobiles, it may be under “connections”, where you set the default connections and monthly quota for DATA connections.

    Remember to also grab (buy) a quality portable charger because Bluetooth is very power-hungry. I used to open the Bluetooth on my Huawei so it can connect to the car’s GPS navigation system to get real-time traffic stats when I am driving long distance and the phone’s battery only lasted a day or two, whereas under normal use without Bluetooth on, it could standby for almost a week even with both WIFI and DATA connections on all the time.

    Meanwhile can any kind souls out there please point me to an official website that I can download the app? I have a few old mobiles lying around which I can install the app to play around and experiment. Thank you.

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  • Police CLOSE DOWN:

    It’s way too tempting and also very irresistable. Common,you are in control and have access to all data. So?

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  • Privacy statement:

    If the privacy statement says so, service provider (government) must comply with it.

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  • Simple solution:

    @Token Ring Device ? take out the battery so simple lah.

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  • xoxo:

    TKL,can u teach me how to use TT to access your movements and your BIG FAT BANK ACCOUNT hidden somewhere?

    This year,we shud award you a NATIONAL DAY AWARD ,THE TALK COCK KING AWARD?

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  • #06-191 Sor Hais:

    Till now 61% still not familiar with their devices. That’s why they treat people like fools.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Whatever things you have on your smartphone and they have an app on your phone like Trace or Singpass then your phone data will surely be uploaded into their database. One day people will be rounded up because of Trace or similar under ISA for ‘public protection’. Wait and see.

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  • Put it in a lead box?:

    @ How to turn off the Token Ring Device ? TKL please advise.

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  • #06-191 Noisy Sor Hais:

    Put in a pail of water.

    Put it in a lead box?:
    @ How to turn off the Token Ring Device ? TKL please advise.

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  • Encryption TT:

    Encrypted data means it can be read using decryption keys especially by the system owner or software maker or owner if they hold the key.

    My point is, Implicit with the word Encryption is that its not foolproof and can be decrypted.

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