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Short Update: Singapore releases COVID-19 tracking ‘tokens’ for non-smartphone users

FairTrialsAdmin - September 22, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Surveillance

Singapore has distributed tens of thousands of small Bluetooth devices, ‘tokens’, that can track where a person has been and who they have interacted with. 

The tokens are meant for those who do not own smartphones and cannot use the contact tracing app that was previously rolled out by the Singapore government. 

Authorities say the token helps vulnerable groups to feel safer when out and about, but the token keeps a precise record of the individual’s whereabouts, which has clear and significant issues for people’s privacy. 

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