US tracking American citizens' movements via their phones to research coronavirus spread

US tracking American citizens' movements via their phones to research coronavirus spread
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  • calendar-gray 29 March 2020

US authorities have organised mass surveillance on American citizens, tracking their movements amid the coronavirus pandemic, APA reports citing The Wall Street Journal.

According to the publication, the federal government is using the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local authorities to receive data from people's smartphones in certain areas of the country that allegedly includes up to 500 American cities.

The measure is reportedly aimed at analysing the possible spread of the virus and the personal data of the people affected is believed will remain anonymous.

US President Donald Trump previously mulled quarantining the states most affected by the virus - New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, but later said there is no need for a lockdown. At the same time, he has ordered the CDC to issue a "strong travel advisory" to curb the pandemic.

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