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US may use surveillance tools to combat coronavirus

Via The New York Times

In order to better control and measure the spread of coronavirus, the U.S. government is looking into using surveillance tools like China and South Korea has.

While the details are yet to be hammered out, it seems the surveillance would happen via an app that tracks movements and motions. However, the use of the app would be voluntary and the data (which would come from a variety of sources) would be anonymized.

However, both tech companies and privacy experts have expressed concerns because there’s no guarantee the data stays anonymous and details around how data is collected, stored, and secured, and for how long, haven’t been defined. Given the US government history of surveillance, these concerns are quite valid.

For the full story, visit The New York Times.

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