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Saturday, April 11, 2020

Ezra Klein: The CAP and Harvard plans both foresee a digital pandemic surveillance state in which virtually every American downloads an app to their phone that geotracks their movements, so if they come into contact with anyone who later is found to have Covid-19, they can be alerted, and a period of social quarantine can begin. Similarly, people would scan QR codes when boarding mass transit, or entering other high-risk public areas. And GPS tracking could be used to enforce quarantine on those who test positive with the disease, as is being done in Taiwan.



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My concern through all of this is how such a surveillance system would be used once the pandemic crisis has abated.

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-04-11 11:54 AM | Reply

"My concern through all of this is how such a surveillance system would be used once the pandemic crisis has abated."

More interesting will be the reactions of our citizens. Some percentage of them already distrust everything "technical" or "scientific". If it smells even a little like something that has the potential to be used to control or surveil people, it will not be pretty.

I see no way the government could explain such a system to people already disposed to serious levels of distrust.

#2 | Posted by contrecoup at 2020-04-11 12:39 PM | Reply

Can't they already do all this anyway?

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2020-04-11 12:44 PM | Reply

If you carry a smart phone then Apple or google know where you have been. Link that data and send alerts when you have been close to an infected person.

What we need is surveillance of surveillance.

#4 | Posted by bored at 2020-04-11 01:05 PM | Reply

@#3 ... Can't they already do all this anyway? ...

To some extent, yes. The smartphones can be tracked.

But this surveillance entails more intrusive measures than just tracking the smartphones.

The requirement to scan QR codes when boarding mass transit, for example.

Another related article...

Critics raise privacy concerns as France considers digital tracking to battle coronavirus

...Several countries --- including China, Taiwan and South Korea --- are collecting GPS information from their citizens' phones to locate infected people and enforce containment measures. The practice is effective, but it is problematic: Such data collection is prohibited in the European Union because of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which governs the processing of personal data.

Another type of technology is under consideration in France. "Alongside geolocation using 4G or GPS, Bluetooth --- which you use to connect your phone to headsets, for example --- is emerging as a solution for countries concerned about respecting individual freedoms because it's a technology that doesn't reveal your location," Gerome Billois, a cybersecurity specialist at the Wavestone consulting firm, told FRANCE 24.

That's the technology behind the TraceTogether application being used by the government of Singapore. Phones equipped with the application connect to each other within a radius of a few metres, allowing the application to identify potential Covid-19 sufferers in the vicinity and then send an alert if necessary. Each phone also stores a list of cross-phone contacts for 21 days. That way, if a user becomes ill later and enters his state of health in the application, an alert can be sent to all registered users to encourage them to get tested. ...

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-04-11 02:18 PM | Reply

Don't worry.

There is an app for that.

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-04-11 04:43 PM | Reply

It's easy to compartmentalize this data.

The military compartmentalizes data all day long.

Since we seem unwilling to make health a right, perhaps we need Health Courts, like we have the FISA Courts.

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-11 04:51 PM | Reply

Isolate em' intestinate them. The horror,the horror.After the epidemic blows over can we stop surveiling people?
Or will it never go back?
I think that's a one way trip.

Freedom to infect others and die Alone. Is an American Right.
Don't tread on me.

#8 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-04-12 02:22 AM | Reply

The tracking is already being done this just adds a layer to it. In NC stay at home orders were modified based on tracking data that shows it's only kinda working.

If you are concerned about the government tracking you I'll just leave this here for you

#9 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2020-04-12 06:42 AM | Reply

honestly people... I mean wtf is the worst outcome of this? You can always be tracked... gasp!... the horror!

People need to get over their self-importance. 99.3% of you aren't worth watching and that isn't going to change because you are plugged into something with the capabilities.

#10 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-04-12 08:23 AM | Reply

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