Use of surveillance to fight coronavirus raises concerns about government power after pandemic ends

Do we trust government to scale back the privacy intrusions once the crisis is over?…:

[…] Rights organizations argue that with monitoring capabilities ramping up, it may be hard for governments to scale back down. On top of that, experts are worried that surveillance tools like a person’s location data may not even be effective and that there may be no timeline on when governments will stop collecting that kind of information.

“Coronavirus is pushing us over the edge and … perhaps institutionalizing these systems and in addition, making general public to become more accepting of these more intrusive measure,” Maya Wang, a senior researcher on China at Human Rights Watch, told CNBC.


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