03 Feb 2021

Singapore passes bill governing police use of contact tracing data

On Tuesday, Singapore passed new legislation that restricts law enforcement’s ability to access Covid-19 contact tracing data after extensive public backlash. The bill, called the Covid-19 Temporary Measures Amendment Bill, was passed under a Certificate of Urgency, which allows the government to speed up the adoption process for legislation considered

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11 Jan 2021

Singapore touts ‘greener’ digital monetary gifts this Lunar New Year

The gift-giving tradition on the Lunar New Year sees an annual production of new bank notes. The energy required estimates to release 330 tonnes of carbon emissions as a result. This number is equivalent to charging 5.7 million smartphones for five days in Singapore. Singapore is suggesting citizens use digital

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11 Jan 2021

Investigators locate black box from Indonesia air crash

The black box from the Indonesian passenger jet that crashed in the Java Sea on Saturday has been recovered. This find could offer evidence as to why the plane lost contact with air traffic control just minutes after taking off with 62 people on board. Military chief Hadi Tjahjanto hopes

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16 Dec 2020

Singapore adds face verification, multi-user SMS to SingPass 2FA

Singapore has added even more security measures to its SingPass, an online portal that allows residents to access electronic government services. The latest update includes face verification as a method of two-factor authentication (2FA) to log into their accounts. They can also perform 2FA by sending an SMS one-time password

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20 Oct 2020

Singapore’s World-First Face Scan Plan Sparks Privacy Fears

Singapore is planning on becoming the world’s first country to utilize facial recognition technology to identify citizens, alarming privacy advocates. Singapore announced plans to implement biometric checks to access government agencies, banking services, and other amenities through a face-scan. Some researchers say that the intrusive system is vulnerable to abuse,

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30 Sep 2020

Singapore touts blockchain use in COVID-19 data management

Singapore has allegedly developed a blockchain-powered Digital Health Passport through its government-owned investment firm SGInnovate and Singapore-based startup Accredify. The technology offers a more efficient was to manage medical records, aiming to keep patient data under wraps and safe from cyberattacks. The application enables healthcare data to be stored in

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05 Jun 2020

Singapore updates contact tracing app to include foreign visitors

Singapore has reportedly updated its contact tracing app to include travelers entering the country as it plans to reopen borders within the near future. The country has also been researching the feasibility of issuing wearable devices to all residents in order to aid in contact tracing efforts. Last month, the

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29 May 2020

Fortune 500 company NTT discloses security breach

On May 7, Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NTT) suffered from a security breach that exposed information on 621 customers from its communications subsidiary. The company is the 64th biggest in the world, according to the Fortune 500 list, and is the largest telecommunications company in Japan. NTT stated that they

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10 Apr 2020

Global deaths linked to coronavirus near 100,000

According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, global fatalities from COVID-19 are nearing 100,000 as countries continue to implement stricter lockdown measures to halt the spread of the virus. Today is Good Friday, a Christian holiday that is typically celebrated throughout the world by going to services, however, this

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24 Jan 2020

Spreading Chinese Coronavirus Death Toll Rises as More Cities Are Locked Down

China has been combatting the spread of a new strain of coronavirus over the Lunar New Year. On Friday morning, China’s National Health Commission confirmed 830 cases of infection, a 250 person increase since the last count was released by officials a day earlier. 26 men and women have since

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