Tag Archives: surveillance

Covid19: Journalist Kirsten Han Concerned With TraceTogether Token

In a renewed attempt to implement this failed TraceTogether project, the government recently announced that Singaporeans will be issued with a wearable contact-tracing device. Minister of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Vivian Balakrishnan tried to reassure that the device only uses Bluetooth technology to exchange proximity information between devices. He claims there is no GPS in the token and it will not track users' locations. Yet again this proposed token faced mounting concerns about privacy and surveillance. Among those voices was journalist Kirsten Han who came up with various questions about the token.

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MAN IN INDIA REPORTS PIGEON, SUSPECTS IT IS A SPY FROM CHINA

A man in India reported a pigeon to the authorities as he suspected that it could be a spy from China. He caught the pigeon after finding a label on its feet with Chinese numbers and characters. He suspected that the pigeon might have been sent by the Chinese as a form of surveillance and said it could be carrying a camera along with it. Investigators in India did not find any camera attached to the bird but are serious about investigating the matter further.

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US: CHINA EXERTS MILITARY CONTROL OVER SOUTH CHINA SEA ISLANDS

Not only has China started building installations on a set of disputed islands in the South China Sea, it has begun enforcing its military control over the air and waterways around them as well. According to CNN, which had been allowed to board a US reconnaissance plane to conduct a survey over the South China Sea and its disputed islands, the plane they were on received up to 8 warnings from PRC military personnel stationed on the islands to "go away" from what the PRCs considered Chinese airspace.

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IS THIS LTA’S LATEST BUDGET SURVEILLANCE CAMERA TO CATCH RULEBREAKERS?

My friend just parked his vehicle when he saw a very strange box placed by the kerb. Feeling curious, he went to have a closer look and was shocked to see that it is infrared surveillance camera retrofitted into a plastic box. It looks poorly made and ridiculous. Is this LTA's latest budget camera meant to catch errant drivers who park illegally?

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MALAYSIA WARY OF SINGAPORE’S NEW SURVEILLANCE ZEPELLIN IN THE SKY

THE latest move by Singapore to fly a giant spy balloon high up in its sky to gaze way over its perimeter fence has inevitably left Malaysians to repeat this oft-asked question: what is the island republic up to now? According to reports a fortnight ago, the 55-metre long aerostat, a Zeppelin-like eye-in-the-sky, is to provide a round-the-clock surveillance and add extra might to the already sophisticated Singapore military arsenal. Which is fine on the face of it. It is their money if they want to be kiasu or nosy or to show off, as many are used to saying on this side of the Johor Straits. Right, it looks as if it is none of our business.

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Wikileaks: “Weaponised German surveillance malware” purchased by S’pore company

In a Wikileaks media release on 15 September, a Singapore company is named as one of several which have allegedly purchased “weaponised German surveillance malware” for use. The products are apparently provided by FinFisher, which Wikileaks described as a “company that produces and sells computer intrusion systems, software exploits and remote monitoring systems that are capable of intercepting communications and data from OS X, Windows and Linux computers as well as Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows Mobile devices.”

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Balance Surveillance With Public Discourse

Surveillance measures have their merits and have indeed been useful in past instances, but their gradual expansion in Singapore should not go unchallenged (Jan. 18). In an unstable world perpetuated by Rumsfeld’s “unknown unknowns” – terrorism, conflicts, general instability – it is assumed that people feel safer and more secure under watchful eyes, electronic or otherwise. Over the weekend Second Minister for Home Affairs S. Iswaran encouraged owners of private buildings to strengthen protocols for video surveillance, and also recognised AMK Hub for adding 20 new cameras to its 110-strong CCTV contingent.

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