In Europe especially, security crackdowns and surveillance have risen to new levels in the name of public health.
A police officer adheres to social distancing measures as he talks with a cyclist in Leeds, northern England, on March 30, 2020, as life in Britain continues during the nationwide lockdown to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic.(Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Mass surveillance is only ever in the news for two reasons—either because a whistleblower has exposed structural government overreach (as happened with Edward Snowden) or because nations are readying to fight a common threat. Over the past two decades, those threats have usually come either from migration or terrorism.
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