'Biosurveillance' can threaten human rights

Using smartphones to track and trace during the COVID-19 pandemic creates a smokescreen for wider surveillance measures that may infringe on people's right to privacy. 

Human rights activists are concerned that such data can be used to discriminate against migrants and refugees, and on racial grounds. 

The "Report of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance" (United Nations, November 2020) is categorical: 


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