Phones to be tracked-THE HINDU-02-04-2020
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday announced that the mobile phones of all those who have been asked to home quarantine themselves will be tracked by the Delhi Police to keep a check on their movement.
Several other countries have used this technology to contain the spread of COVID-19 and it is opined that this is one of the ways to ensure that people abide by quarantine norms.
China mobilized its mass surveillance tools, from drones to CCTV cameras, to monitor quarantined people and track the spread of the coronavirus.
Other nations like Israel, Singapore and South Korea are also using a combination of location data, video camera footage and credit card information, to track COVID-19 in their countries.
But privacy experts have raised concerns over how the data is being used by the governments, how it was being stored and the potential for authorities to maintain heightened levels of surveillance even after the coronavirus pandemic is over.
Experts are worried that surveillance tools like a person’s location data may not even be effective and that there may be no timeline on when governments will stop collecting that kind of information.