Liberty in the Time of Corona: Governments Expanding Citizen Surveillance in the Name of Public Health

Increasingly authoritarian ideas are being taken as “slowdown” measures against the coronavirus pandemic. The technological panopticon – mooted by governments worldwide to track our movements – is a direct attack on civil liberties as we have known them. Albania, Belgium, Italy, the United Kingdom, Israel, Poland, Argentina, Germany, and more have begun to implement frameworks with telecom companies to track and gather data on individuals to limit social interaction and the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Washington Post reports that Facebook and Google will also work with the U.S. government to explore the usage of personal data to map social