The pandemic has enabled authorities from China to Russia to increase surveillance and clamp down on free speech, digital rights experts say. Photo: EPA The pandemic has enabled authorities from China to Russia to increase surveillance and clamp down on free speech, digital rights experts say. Photo: EPA
The pandemic has enabled authorities from China to Russia to increase surveillance and clamp down on free speech, digital rights experts say. Photo: EPA

Asia has become hotspot for mass surveillance during coronavirus pandemic, heightening risks of abuse, analysts say

  • Among the worst-scoring Asian nations in the Verisk Maplecroft index were Pakistan, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, India and the Philippines
  • Asian countries often lack adequate oversight of mass surveillance systems and legislation to protect privacy, data rights advocates say

Topic |   Surveillance
The pandemic has enabled authorities from China to Russia to increase surveillance and clamp down on free speech, digital rights experts say. Photo: EPA The pandemic has enabled authorities from China to Russia to increase surveillance and clamp down on free speech, digital rights experts say. Photo: EPA
The pandemic has enabled authorities from China to Russia to increase surveillance and clamp down on free speech, digital rights experts say. Photo: EPA
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