Wednesday, January 6, 2021

The unintended costs of mass surveillance

from here

So Singapore is letting police access contact tracing data and people are concerned, and perhaps rightfully so. Over and over again, governments have proven they can't be trusted not to use the data they collect for purposes other than the data was intended. The United States exemplifies this and as a result they are unlikely to ever be able to do meaningful contact tracing because people don't trust that the data won't be used for other purposes - and that lack of trust is costing lives. There are other factors also costing lives, but even without those factors, contact tracing would still be a problem and without contact tracing it's impossible to get ahead of an outbreak.