COVID-19 Digital Rights Tracker

COVID-19 Digital Rights Tracker ( this live tracker documents new measures introduced in response to Covid-19 that pose a risk to digital rights around the world.

"Since the outbreak of COVID-19, governments around the world have implemented a wide range of digital tracking measures, developed dozens of contact tracing apps, and introduced new physical surveillance initiatives in a bid to slow the spread of the virus.

In the seven months since we began this index, we’ve recorded hundreds of new initiatives; from drones used to enforce lockdown measures in Australia, to the mass monitoring of mobile phones in Israel.

Some of these may well be proportionate, necessary and legitimate during these unprecedented times. However, some have dramatically threatened citizens’ civil liberties and right to privacy.

We will continue to update this live index and document new initiatives that threaten digital rights to help stem overreach, promote scrutiny, and ensure that intrusive measures don’t continue for any longer than absolutely necessary."

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