People across the world are currently facing an unprecedented global health emergency due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Technology can and should play an important role during this effort to save lives, including by spreading public health messages and increasing access to health care. However, in the name of combatting the disease, some governments are rushing to expand their use of surveillance technologies to track individuals and even entire populations.
If left unchecked and unchallenged, these measures have the potential to fundamentally alter the future of privacy and other human rights.
Is surveillance to tackle COVID-19 legal?