In order to make sure people exposed to the coronavirus are obeying lockdown orders, Chinese authorities have been installing security cameras aimed directly at residents’ doors — and, sometimes, inside their homes.
Various Chinese provinces have been installing the cameras over the past two months, CNN reports...
China has already digitized much of its pandemic response with an app that informs people if they were exposed to sick people and whether they need to go into isolation.
Now, CNN reports that officials justify the invasive new cameras as a way to further automate the process...
But some clearly hate the move, like Beijing resident Ian Lahiffe, who told CNN that the cameras are “an incredible erosion of privacy.”
“It just seems to be a massive data grab,” Lahiffe added. “And I don’t know how much of it is actually legal.”
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