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Government Is Reading Your Messages About Coronavirus

During this COVID-19 pandemic, we are hearing stories about how some governments are abusing the privacy rights of their citizens in the interests of public health. The South Korean government is using smartphone location data, surveillance-camera footage and even credit card purchases to monitor those suspected of spreading COVID-19. Italian authorities are using mobile phones’ data to track people's everyday movements and whether they are obeying the government lockdown orders. Israel has deployed Shin Bet, its internal security agency designed to target terrorism, to use mobile phone location data to determine the whereabouts of citizens who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Such spying will also likely soon be the norm in the U.S.

 

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