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Singapore Will Track Travelers With Electronic Devices to Make Sure They’re Quarantining

Singapore News
by Eben Diskin Aug 6, 2020

Starting on August 10, Singapore will require all incoming travelers to quarantine at home for 14 days with electronic monitoring devices that use Bluetooth and GPS signals.

The devices allow government agencies to track travelers’ movements to ensure they’re adhering to the quarantine. Those who decide to quarantine in dedicated facilities rather than at home will not be fitted with the device.

Upon clearing immigration, travelers over 12 years old will be given the devices and are required to activate them once they arrive at their quarantine location.

Since March 21, 2020, incoming travelers to Singapore have been asked to quarantine for 14 days. Those who quarantine at home have been monitored via text messages, phone calls, video calls, and house visits.

According to the government, no voice or video is being recorded and your location is kept private. The official announcement says, “The devices do not store any personal data and do not have any voice/video recording function. Data transmitted from the devices to the authorities’ backend system, such as the GPS and 4G/Bluetooth signal data, is protected by end-to-end certificate-based encryption.”

Singapore’s system is similar to procedures already in place in Hong Kong and South Korea, where travelers are also required to wear tracking devices upon arrival.

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