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

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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