A report from Canada has revealed that watchdogs are concerned about the potential levels of surveillance involved with contact tracing.
As CFJC Today reports:
Privacy watchdogs are voicing concerns over proposals across the country to implement smartphone apps to help track COVID-19.
New Brunswick, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Saskatchewan are among the provinces looking at or planning on creating smartphone apps that would track a user’s whereabouts.
Alberta is the first province to launch an app.
The report notes onlookers who are worried about the level of surveillance required for contact tracing, Christopher Parsons of Citizen Lab stating:
“When we develop these sorts of tools or applications, we’re entering into a totally new class or form of surveillance… We’ve never had that level of surveillance in this country… If the government doesn’t communicate what…