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Singapore to Legislate on Contact-Trace Data Use for Crimes

  • Use of data to be limited to investigations of serious crimes
  • Seven categories include murder, terrorism, kidnapping
The Trace Together contact-tracing phone app.
The Trace Together contact-tracing phone app.Photographer: Wei Leng Tay/Bloomberg
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Singapore’s government plans to create urgent legislation to formalize the use of virus contact-tracing data in investigations of serious crimes.

Legislation will be introduced in the next sitting of parliament in February to limit the use of the data to probes of seven categories of serious crimes, the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office said in a statement Friday. Those will include murder, terrorism, kidnapping and serious sexual offenses, it said.