Singapore TraceTogether COVID-19 contact tracing

TraceTogether is a system developed and operated by the Singapore government to identify people who have come into contact with others who have tested positive for COVID-19. 

The system was launched in March 2020 as a mobile app. The app was later supplemented by a physical token for elderly people and children who may not own a smartphone or prefer not to use the app. 

TraceTogether was widely adopted by Singaporeans, reaching a 92% adoption rate in May 2021. It was later made mandatory for all Singaporeans.

Operator: Government of Singapore

Developer: Government of Singapore

Country: Singapore

Sector: Govt - health; Govt - police

Purpose: Identify contacts
Technology: Application; Bluetooth

Issue: Privacy; Surveillance; Dual/multi-use
Transparency: Governance; Marketing

Risks and harms 🛑

TraceTogether drew concerns about privacy, and was criticised for allowing Singapore police to access citizen's personal data.

Transparency 🙈

The Singapore authorities were seen only to have admitted that the police had access to TraceTogether data in response to parliamentary questioning, resulting in questions regarding government trust and credibility.

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Type: System
Published: December 2022
Last updated: May 2024