Surveillance measures elected officials and big tech companies are taking to slow the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. mimic some of the heavy-handed efforts China used to track and police citizens. Two of the largest tech companies in the U.S. are using their technological know-how to track Americans infected with the virus — a technique Chinese officials perfected during the early stages of the virus.
H/T: Daily Caller
“As true anonymization of location data is nearly impossible, strong legal safeguards are mandatory,” Wolfie Christl, a privacy activist and researcher, told TheWSJ.
Walking around without a protective face mask? Well, you can't avoid these sharp-tongued drones! Many village and cities in China are using drones equipped with speakers to patrol during the #coronavirus outbreak. pic.twitter.com/ILbLmlkL9R— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) January 31, 2020
If other regimes are seen to handle the coronavirus better, it could jettison the EU's lofty privacy ideals https://t.co/PkjGT9uCn6— The Economist (@TheEconomist) April 25, 2020
“...public privacy concerns were raised by the Connecticut ACLU and a small group of protesters who gathered outside the police department on Wednesday.” https://t.co/wXMcoWYYxX— The HighWire (@HighWireTalk) April 24, 2020
My take is LIVE: The coronavirus tracing app gets a privacy tick, but it will test Australians’ trust https://t.co/RJprO2gK6m— Ben Grubb 🐛 (@bengrubb) April 26, 2020
More surveillance and less privacy will be the new normal after the coronavirus pandemic https://t.co/4W5xmEYUEY— FORTUNE (@FortuneMagazine) April 26, 2020
Coronavirus didn’t kill our privacy — it just exposed the corpse https://t.co/dBTot9BApw— TNW (@thenextweb) April 25, 2020