SITUATION UPDATE BRIEF: CYBER

Governments exploit COVID-19 to enhance surveillance capabilities. 

Growing numbers of reports in recent weeks indicate that the governments of China, the US, and Israel, among others, are developing increasingly robust data surveillance systems in an effort to contain the Covid-19 outbreak. While these governments claim that the use of citizens’ personal data is critical to containing the global pandemic, there has been little evidence so far that this technology has played a role in preventing its spread. Rather, human rights and data privacy activists have raised concerns that these intrusive surveillance systems may continue to be used by governments to further their political agendas after the outbreak has passed.

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