The “electronic fence” uses mobile phone data to notify police if the cell phones of any people under mandatory quarantine leave their home areas.Using phone location data to track quarantined individuals is still concerning surveillance no matter the perceived public good.
McLaws – a professor at the University of New South Wales' School of Public Health and Community Medicine in Australia, and a member of European, US and UK epidemiology and infection control bodies – told The Register tracking played a key role in nations that were able to flatten the exponential curve of COVID-19 cases – particularly Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea.
Taiwan, which has won global praise for its effective action against the coronavirus, is rolling out a mobile phone-based “electronic fence” that uses location-tracking to ensure people who are quarantined stay in their homes.
Independent Legislator Freddy Lim (林昶佐) yesterday urged Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) to ensure that the Ministry of Culture introduces rules to regulate Chinese media outlets interviewing Taiwanese, and that relevant agencies enforce rules to safeguard personal information accessed by apps developed by foreign companies.
"Smart retail is one of the most [popular] industries at the moment because [companies] want to create a very personalized experience in brick-and-mortar stores," Richard Carriere, U.S. senior vice president of global marketing at Cyberlink, told the Nikkei Asian Review.
As the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) explains, these grantees will have access to data from public Facebook accounts to research the spread of disinformation and, more specifically, "to deepen our knowledge of how social media platforms were used in elections in Italy, Chile, and Germany and how their use may influence public opinion in Taiwan.".
Taiwan is not the only country with concerns over soft power influence that the Chinese government can and does wield with their involvement with companies like Tencent and Baidu.
According to Bloomberg, the self-proclaimed bug bounty hunter is a minor celebrity in Taiwan who's appeared on talk shows and was reportedly sued by a local bus operator after breaching their systems to nab a ticket for just NT$1 (3 cents).