I find that this thread is a nice place to store information and reflections about how the COVID-19 pandemic interacts with surveillance matters. Most of this information has a technological side.
The latest is this: the government of Romania has decided to “transmit the entire database” of clinical data treated by the health authorities, currently stewarded by the Ministry of Health, to the Ministry of Internal Affairs (link, Romanian).
I know of another case where the Ministry of Internal Affairs ended up making health policy: Italy. As lockdown was decided, the government initially allowed daily exercise outdoors, done individually. This is, of course, consistent with the recommendations of any doctor: exercise is an essential component of health. However, the initial regulation was, in a few days, superseded by a new one, after the Minister of Internal Affairs complained that “the only way to check people where compliant was to lock them inside at all times”. Doctors protested, but could not get the regulation to be overturned.
In general, when health care is entrusted to the police, and powerful digital surveillance tech is brought in… I don’t know, it just smells bad to me.
EDIT: some trust issues are indeed showing in the preliminary coding of the NGI Forward corpus.