Drones, fever goggles, arrests: millions in Asia face ‘extreme’ Covid surveillance

Coronavirus tracking measures handing ‘unchecked powers’ to authoritarian regimes, activists warn

Draconian surveillance measures introduced during the Covid-19 epidemic are handing “unchecked powers” to authoritarian regimes across Asia, human rights experts are warning.

In a report out today, privacy analysts warn that “extreme measures and unchecked powers” brought in to tackle Covid-19 could become permanent features of government across the region, and have an impact on the rights and privacy of millions of people.

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