• The Covid-19 pandemic has been used as a pretext to accelerate processes and policies regarding digital technologies and tools, although prior to Covid-19, the Spanish state had already taken steps to turn its security model into a model for mass surveillance
  • The concept of the “Smart City” is an excuse to apply surveillance technologies on people that have been normalized and legitimized during the Health Crisis.
  • Since 2018, Spain has participated in a project called AI MARS that aims to implement a surveillance and control system based on 5G, artificial intelligenceand facial recognition technology to identify “irregular” behaviour. Law Enforcement Agencies play a key role in this process.
  • Surveillance and Control technologies have the potential to be connected to police centres of command and control, conferring more power upon the state and law enforcement agencies to control populations .