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Covid-19: Tracking apps boost state surveillance in China

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In China, mobile data is becoming a key tool in the fight against Covid-19. Across the country, local authorities are increasingly working hand in hand with the technology provided by health tracking apps. But according to The New York Times, some of the information is being shared with the Chinese police. Our Beijing correspondent Charles Pellegrin and his team report.

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