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Surveillance will not save us from COVID-19

Al Jazeera

As COVID-19 continues to devastate the world, a growing number of countries are opting to use invasive surveillance methods to stem the spread of the virus and "flatten the curve". Since the emergence of the novel coronavirus, several countries, led by Israel, China, Singapore and South Korea, started collecting security camera footage and bank records and using facial recognition technologies and mobile phone data to track the movements of their citizens. Australia recently joined this trend by releasing Covidsafe, a "coronavirus tracking app". The UK is also known to be trialling a similar mobile phone app to increase its contact-tracing abilities and get its population back to work. In countries where the majority of the population is not used to being subjected to overt mass surveillance, the discussions surrounding the implementation of these measures has focused on "privacy".