Some countries are spying on their citizens in the fight against COVID-19. Ottawa rejects the idea — at least for now

Article Link: https://www.thestar.com/politics/federal/2020/03/27/some-countries-are-spying-on-their-citizens-in-the-fight-against-covid-19-ottawa-rejects-the-idea-at-least-for-now.html

Discussion posted by: itzfitzhere

There is no evidence the federal government has asked Canada’s national security agencies to turn their powerful surveillance capabilities on the public. But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly made clear that all options are on the table as Ottawa attempts to get its arms around the coronavirus challenge. If the government does turn to modern intelligence tools to address that challenge — electronic surveillance to collect cellphone data, or even just monitoring Twitter and Facebook posts — it would be better for it to be upfront with Canadians, said Jessica Davis, an Ottawa-based security consultant and former CSIS analyst. At least then Canadians would be able to have a discussion about what is being done in their name to protect their safety.