Contact tracing initiatives are now being stepped up, as the risk of community cases still remain after the circuit breaker period ends. This is where digital tools can help speed up contact tracing efforts, with SafeEntry as one example.
What is SafeEntry?
SafeEntry is a national digital check-in system developed by GovTech, which logs individuals’ entry into a venue.
The system captures details that enable contact tracers to find close contacts of infected cases quickly. Individuals scan a QR code on their mobile devices, and particulars such as their name, NRIC/FIN and mobile number are logged.
Should there be a confirmed case at that location, contact tracing can be sped up using information from SafeEntry, which in turn helps prevent new clusters from forming.
Where is SafeEntry used at?
SafeEntry will be deployed extensively across Singapore, especially at places with a higher risk of non-transient contact, such as workplaces, malls and supermarkets.
From 23 Apr 2020, the Government had started using SafeEntry at hotspots, workplaces of essential services, and selected public venues. The use of SafeEntry will be expanded to all operating businesses from 12 May 2020, to allow employees and visitors’ entry and exit timings to be logged.
SafeEntry is not mandatory at places like MRT stations and parks, where transient populations are on the move. However, the public is still encouraged to scan the QR codes put up to help contact tracing efforts.
Is my data safe?
Yes. Any data shared with MOH will be used for contact tracing persons possibly exposed to COVID-19. Only authorised police officers will be able to use the data. The data about devices near you is stored securely on your device, and not accessible unless uploaded.
TraceTogether data may be used in circumstances where citizen safety and security is or has been affected. Authorised Police officers may invoke Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) powers to request users to upload their TraceTogether data for criminal investigations. The Singapore Police Force is empowered under the CPC to obtain any data, including TraceTogether data, for criminal investigations.
How else can I help with contact tracing?
You can download the TraceTogether app, which uses Bluetooth to identify close contact between two users. This will help contact tracers quickly identify close contacts based on the proximity and duration of an encounter. Read more about TraceTogether here.