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In March 2020, the government of Singapore rolled out its TraceTogether cellphone app, which tracks phones to see when two have been close to each other. It promised the app would only be used when someone tested positive for the coronavirus to see whom that person had been close to. The government now says the system is also used for criminal investigations. But officials point out that under Singapore law all privacy regulations can be overruled during criminal investigations. Singapore residents are required to download the app to enter many workplaces and stores.

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  1. ‘Hey, we’re just using this law for this one national emergency, nothing else’ , said every government ever. Patriot act anyone?

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  5. But officials point out that under Singapore law all privacy regulations can be overruled during criminal investigations.

    Phew, that was close but it’s all good.

  6. Is there a law you HAVE to carry a cell phone with you everywhere?

    1. No. But it’s the law that you have to have the app to enter most offices and businesses, including where you work, so it’s pretty much essential if you want to shop or be employed.

      1. Ummm, I don’t have a phone, or I forgot my phone, or my phone is broken.

        1. This makes me think of the Obamaphone. Yesterday that was a meme-becomes-reality.

          If it happened now it would make me think dystopian horror story-becomes-reality.

        2. Might work in the US. Won’t work in Singapore. They’ll just send you home. Eventually, you’ll run out of food.

        3. Then sorry, you can’t enter our store or your place of employment. Please come back tomorrow and remember to bring your phone this time.

      2. This is fun.
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        1. OK, The Christian Bible is no longer welcome.

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          2. Biblegateway didn’t work. Here is Wikipedia:

            Verses 16–17
            He causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, 17 so that no one may buy or sell, except he who has the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name.

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              1. OK, obviously THAT worked! However, even a copy-pure-text-only, from there, doesn’t work… I give up, I am stumped… A computer genius smarter than me, would be needed to figure this one out!

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  8. Well, it’s Singapore, this sort of thing would never happen here.

    1. I mean the part where the government would say they were using the app for criminal investigations of course. The government would use it for surveillance of absolutely everyone, criminal suspect or no, they just wouldn’t admit it.

      1. They didn’t have to admit it, one of their contractors ratted them out, then skipped town to Moscow.

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    1. An unregistered communications device? You know that’s got to violate a half million regulations.

      1. You can have a device you built yourself, but it’s illegal for it to connect to the “public” network without an approved SIM card.

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  13. *all* privacy regulations can be overruled

    As long as your spouse, relative, client, or parishoner’s not a criminal who could contract COVID, you’ve got nothing to hide.

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