A clerk wearing a face mask and a plastic bag stands in a pharmacy in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province. In some provinces residents must register with their real names when purchasing fever and cough medications so that officials can follow up with them Photo: AP

Coronavirus accelerates China’s big data collection but privacy concerns remain

  • Greater data collection has helped prevent the virus from spreading in China because it enables precise reporting of hotspots
  • The rush to scoop up even more data to fight the outbreak has led to privacy breaches, especially for residents in the epicentre of Wuhan
Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
A clerk wearing a face mask and a plastic bag stands in a pharmacy in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province. In some provinces residents must register with their real names when purchasing fever and cough medications so that officials can follow up with them Photo: AP
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