South Korean public tracking leads to personal harassment


Although the alerts about contacts with people infected by the coronavirus sent out via SMS by the South Korean government do not include names, the information included about people who tested positive for coronavirus, and their past locations can be revealingly detailed in some cases. Those who have been identified by this means have suffered offline and/or online harassment; others, without being specifically identified by name, have been mocked. A survey has found that as a result people fear "criticism and further damage" from being infected more than they fear the virus itself


Writer: BBC
Publication: BBC