A society must have the authority to take away the rights of the few when those rights endanger the many.
Intelligence agencies exist to help officials make better decisions. Some nations have true ‘intelligence cultures’ where the value of this kind of information is recognised. Then there is Canada.
Contrary to public wisdom, pandemics such as the COVID-19 one that is wreaking havoc around the world will always be more deadly than terrorism.
The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought into the foreground the need to plan for the next one and the role of intelligence agencies.
How can Western democratic states use surveillance technology to monitor who has COVID-19 and still respect privacy laws?
Intelligence agencies play an important role during a pandemic to see how widespread the disease is as well as to determine who is hiding the truth.