Beware what’s happening under the cover of COVID-19


Elizabeth Farrelly OPINION The Age, 5 April 2020.

Across the world, there’s growing concern that COVID-19 is enabling authoritarian governments to amass unprecedented powers that will outlast the crisis itself. In Turkey, Hungary, Egypt, Uganda and Serbia this might sound unsurprising. But, reports The Times, even the German government is seeking to access phone-logging data to track its citizens’ movements.

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