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China's coronavirus contact tracker app could lead to forced quarantine and social exile for citizens

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Stigma and persecution

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China is well-known as a surveillance state. Citizens are tracked constantly under normal circumstances, and the spread of the dangerous coronavirus throughout the nation has created increased motivation for the government to track every person's every move.

Now, the government is pushing a smartphone app that determines whether an individual has been in close contact with someone known to have been infected with the coronavirus. According to MIT Technology Review, the app not only creates privacy concerns, but social ones, as well.

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