Pretty much every news outlet in the US these days supports the lockdowns despite them violating the First Amendment - from CNN to Fox News. Everyone seems to agree that lockdowns are inevitable, even if there are slight disagreements over what their scope should be at a given point of time. However consensus is a lot murkier when it comes to suspending privacy. For example, discussions of the recent Apple/Google contact tracing initiative all mention privacy concerns:
What if I don't want my phone to do this?
Don’t install the app, and when the operating systems update over the summer, just leave the “contact tracing” setting toggled off. Apple and Google insist that participation is voluntary, and unless you take proactive steps to participate in contact tracing, you should be able to use your phone without getting involved at all.
And security experts are generally opposed to the idea:
Despite Apple and Google’s emphasis on privacy, some remain concerned about its implications – particularly with the collecting and handling of sensitive healthcare data.
Sergio Caltagirone, vice president of threat intelligence at Dragos, for instance outlined his concerns with the technology in a Twitter thread, calling it “literally a real-time walking health report.” He also worried that the data would be used to “discriminate against people, as fear of coronavirus will rise as we leave large-scale quarantine.”
So why are Americans wholeheartedly open to involuntary restrictions of their outdoor activities, but not open to restrictions on their privacy? Contact tracing cannot work efficiently unless most people have the app installed, so it would be paramount for everyone to have it on their phones - just like it is paramount for everyone to stay at home to minimize the number of infections. To expand the analogy:
- Everyone must have the app -> everyone must stay home
- The app must be on at all times -> you cannot go far even if you're going to a deserted beach
- Such tracking doesn't violate the 4th amendment -> such lockdowns don't violate the 1st amendment
- Those who fail to enable the app outside are punished -> those who go outside without an essential reason are punished
- China has proven app based tracking works -> China has proven lockdowns work