Aug 10, 2020 - 22 min
China's QR codes mean life can go back to normal, but at what cost to data privacy? "In China, the QR code has profound implications for a person’s ability to move freely throughout society. Those who have a green QR code have tested negative for the virus and have not been exposed to it since their last test. They are free to live normal lives. These codes are checked at the entrance to subways, on roads, at workplaces, restaurants, cinemas, supermarkets –– anywhere, effectively, that might constitute normal economic activity." Barclay Bram, writing in Nautilus, reflects on the tough decisions that lie ahead for Western governments.