Coronavirus Could Infect Privacy And Civil Liberties Forever
Not only are governments adopting new economic and public health measures to fight the coronavirus and its impact, but they’re harnessing big data in ways that, while potentially saving lives, will also reduce our privacy and civil liberties.
It’s a testbed for new, much more large-scale forms of surveillance. Already, governments in Italy, Germany, Austria, China, South Korea and Taiwan have begun analysing smartphone data so as to determine to what extent populations are really locking themselves down at home. Surveillance measures now being imposed on national populations risk permanently altering how much privacy and freedom we have as individuals.