Only from June 1st SafeEntry logs using the TraceTogether app or token high-risk establishments would be allowed.
All other registration modes, such as using the Singpass app and NRIC scanning, will no longer be valid then, according to the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Smart Nation and Digital Government Group (SNDGG). .
These high-risk establishments refer to places with a large volume of visitors, where people will be very close to each other.
This includes places like schools, shopping malls, places of worship, gyms, restaurants, health centers and event venues.
SafeEntry entries via TraceTogether must be made at the entrance of these sites. Users will no longer have to make other registrations in the shops and substations of the main site.
This new standard will help improve the efficiency of vendors ’operations and customer convenience.
According to MOH and SNDGG, this new move will also help streamline the contact tracking process.
While the TraceTogether app collects data from nearby contacts, SafeEntry within TraceTogether will identify the list of visited sites. Together, all interaction and location data will be seamlessly synchronized across the same platform to help locate contacts and identify cluster links.
This new approach is also expected to reduce contact tracking from four days to just a day and a half.
Earlier this year, the government stipulated that the adoption rate for TraceTogether should be reached at least 70% before you can launch phase 3.
Currently, more than 90% of the population has downloaded the TraceTogether application and / or collected the TraceTogether token.
What does it mean for our privacy?
Al TraceTogether privacy website, stressed that they do not collect data on the location of the GPS.
TraceTogether stated that the data collected will be strictly used by MOH for contact tracking. However, an exception is made when data is needed for police investigations or criminal proceedings.
This policy previously provoked outrage among Singaporeans when it was introduced in early January. This is due in June 2020, Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said that TraceTogether data would only be used exclusively for contact tracking at a press conference.
He issued another statement in January 2021, assuring Singaporeans that the TraceTogether app and token are it is not designed for the government to track users, as it does not reveal the live location of users.
However, with the recently imposed SafeEntry regulations, TraceTogether will be able to collect data to record the location and movement history of users.
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