Edward Snowden suggested that the government reserves the right to track populations even after a pandemic
In a Monday interview, a former CIA agent warned people that the coronavirus would untie the government’s hands and give expanded access to confidential information of its citizens.
In his address, Snowden said that from now on the state will be free to receive information about public health “such as their heart rate - from wearables,” reports Business Insider.
As part of the efforts to contain the coronavirus, the government will be able to "send an order to every fitness tracker that can get something like pulse or heart rate" and demand access to that data, Snowden said during a video-conference interview for the Copenhagen Documentary Film Festival.
Obviously, having received new tools for tracking people, it is unlikely that governments will want to voluntarily abandon them, citing the possibility of new national disasters.
Trying to localize and track the distribution of coronavirus, a number of European and Asian countries have already given extra powers to their intelligence and secret services.
These credentials include creating virtual heat maps of people's movements by using telecoms companies.
"Israel granted its spy services emergency powers to hack citizens' phones without a warrant. South Korea has been sending text alerts to warn people when they may have been in contact with a coronavirus patient, including personal details like age and gender. Singapore is,» reports Business Insider.