1922-SMS, Communication Surveillance and Personal Data Protection
As local infections pile up, almost all venues are requiring patrons to register their name and phone number upon entering. To simplify the process, the Executive Yuan has launched a registration system that works via text message. Simply scan the QR code assigned to the store and click on the link that appears. That will pull up your phone’s texting client, loading it with message that you can send straight to the 1922 hotline to leave a record of your visit. If you can’t scan the QR code, you can still use the new system. Just go to your phone’s texting app, enter the recipient’s number as 1922, and then type in the store code as the message. The so-called 1922 SMS as a special epidemic protection measure was becoming controversial when the police started their criminal investigations by applying a writ to collect such records. This legal issues are tangled among Communication Security and Surveillance Act, Personal Data Protection Act and Communicable Disease Control Act; and this essay aims to explore such issues.