Hangzhou plans permanent role for coronavirus surveillance app
The Chinese city of Hangzhou is considering making the app it requires residents to download and install for the COVID-19 crisis and that controls whether and where residents may travel a permanent fixture to create a "firewall to enhance people's health and immunity". Other countries may follow suit. Concerns include function creep, institutionalised geo-tracking, and the retention of data long after its original purpose has been fulfilled.
Writer: Jacob Jarvis