Bloomberg Law
April 6, 2020, 8:00 AM

Counterterrorism Tools Deployed Against Virus Spur Privacy Fears

Sheridan  Prasso
Sheridan Prasso
Bloomberg News
Robert Friedman
Bloomberg Editorial
Eric Gelman
Bloomberg Editorial

An Israeli tech company that specializes in counterterrorism spyware is working with a dozen countries to slow the spread of an invisible enemy known as Covid-19. In China, authorities have deployed facial-recognition software and location tracking in their fight against the coronavirus. And a U.S. big data company with connections to intelligence agencies is talking to governments about how it can help.

It’s not surprising that algorithms and artificial intelligence have been recruited to fight a pandemic threatening millions of lives. Yet around the world, surveillance measures normally used against terrorists and criminals are raising privacy and civil liberties concerns, ...

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