Edward Snowden warns ‘bio-surveillance’ may outlast coronavirus

Snowden is no genius or guru when it comes to tech. HE IS a genius and guru when it comes to NSA software platforms, commercial software/OS APIs, commercial hardware ‘back doors’, the Cellular Network Global, handset internals, cell tower network towers, and the insidious collection of MetaData  across ALL Electronic Communications devices – cell phones, tablets, digital programmable watches, PC/Laptops, Commercial Wireless Routers, SmartHome TVs and all other “Smart” appliances – this is the Short List!! He knows what he is talking about and it all comes out in this Danish interview that is within this post.. RECOMMENDED!!

Amid the panic of the COVID-19 pandemic, are we building the surveillance states of tomorrow?

  • Edward Snowden is a former CIA contractor who exposed NSA mass surveillance programs.

  • In a recent interview, Snowden expressed concern over the ways in which governments are using technology to track the spread of the virus.

  • These new tracking measures may someday be repurposed to advance governments’ mass surveillance programs, Snowden warned.

As governments turn to technology to help contain the spread of COVID-19, privacy advocates are expressing concern over how new bio-surveillance practices might stick around long after the pandemic ends.

Edward Snowden, the former CIA contractor who exposed NSA surveillance programs, recently spoke to Danish Broadcasting Corporation correspondent Henrik Moltke about surveillance in the time of the coronavirus pandemic.

“When we see emergency measures passed, particularly today, they tend to be sticky,” Snowden said. “The emergency tends to be expanded. Then the authorities become comfortable with some new power. They start to like it.”

Snowden is especially concerned about the long-term implications of strengthening the national surveillance infrastructure. Granted, the surveillance measures we may deploy today — say, using biometric facial recognition technology — might help to slow the transmission of COVID-19. What’s more, these measures might not noticeably curtail our civil liberties, even if they stick around after the pandemic ends.

But the problem is that the surveillance measures we install today will probably still be here decades from now. Over time, they may creep their way into becoming the new normal (unless sunset clauses are enforced). Another possibility is that these new surveillance measures go unused — at least until an administration comes along that’s not afraid to use them in an unprecedented way. By that point, the public may be helpless… 

https://bigthink.com/politics-current-affairs/coronavirus-tracking

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