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Privacy Experts Weigh Coronavirus Tracking

In less than a decade, whistleblowers like the NSA’s Edward Snowden and Cambridge Analytica’s Christopher Wylie helped spur a global sea change in the public’s attitude toward privacy and global data dragnets. We may now be in the midst of another seismic moment in the history of digital privacy: Mass surveillance methods could save lives around the world, permitting authorities to track and curb the spread of the novel coronavirus with speed and accuracy not possible during prior pandemics.

在不到10年的时间里,美国国家安全局(NSA)的爱德华·斯诺登(Edward Snowden)和剑桥分析(Cambridge Analytica)的克里斯托弗·怀利(Christopher Wylie)等泄密者帮助推动了全球公众对隐私和全球数据延迟网络的态度发生了翻天覆地的变化;我们现在可能正处在数字隐私史上的另一个地震时刻——大规模的监控方法可以拯救世界各地的生命,允许当局以在以前的大流行期间不可能达到的速度和准确性来跟踪和遏制新型冠状病毒的传播。

It’s an extraordinary moment that might call for extraordinary surveillance methods. But privacy advocates say that our ongoing public health crisis doesn’t have to mean creating a civil liberties crisis in turn.


Read more at The Intercept