Has coronavirus opened the door to mass electronic surveillance in the UK?
An app that, once downloaded, lets you escape lockdown may sound tempting, but its implications could be dystopian.
In authoritarian states such as Russia or China, the fear is surely that tracking systems could be abused. In Britain, the worry is more that everyday life could swiftly become difficult for those unwilling to sign up. Even if it’s strictly voluntary, are we so sure that unscrupulous employers wouldn’t demand applicants install the app as a condition of hiring, that rogue landlords won’t try to discriminate against tenants who can’t show they have it, that insurers won’t seek to restrict health cover accordingly?