People wear face masks as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus as they use a phone app to scan a code required to prove their health and travel status before being allowed to enter a shopping mall, in Beijing on May 2. Photo: AFP People wear face masks as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus as they use a phone app to scan a code required to prove their health and travel status before being allowed to enter a shopping mall, in Beijing on May 2. Photo: AFP
People wear face masks as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus as they use a phone app to scan a code required to prove their health and travel status before being allowed to enter a shopping mall, in Beijing on May 2. Photo: AFP

Letters | As coronavirus fight leans on digital surveillance, beware the risks to civil liberties

  • Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Israel and other countries offer evidence of how effective smartphone apps and other tools are in monitoring the public
  • But the same tools that help states track the virus’ spread could be used to achieve political goals and even total surveillance, so people must remain vigilant

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
People wear face masks as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus as they use a phone app to scan a code required to prove their health and travel status before being allowed to enter a shopping mall, in Beijing on May 2. Photo: AFP People wear face masks as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus as they use a phone app to scan a code required to prove their health and travel status before being allowed to enter a shopping mall, in Beijing on May 2. Photo: AFP
People wear face masks as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus as they use a phone app to scan a code required to prove their health and travel status before being allowed to enter a shopping mall, in Beijing on May 2. Photo: AFP
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