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APPS, POLITICS, AND POWER

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By contrast, in civil law countries the idea that such an app needs a legal foundation seems to be becoming normalised. Much of this story—in the UK at least—has been about what decisions made out of political expediency can be justified later, and less about pure jurisprudential debates about the balance between public good and private rights. Framed globally, the story is about how sovereign power in nation states could be diverted by the soft technology power of the two most powerful technology companies on the planet. As we move into the post-lockdown era it is likely that severe problems will remain to be solved around the use of immunity passports for travel and the use of apps as workplace surveillance. What gaps in safeguards exist in these two areas is something all countries should be investigating to determine what safeguards for human rights are necessary and how they should be introduced.

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