33 million cell phones traced by public health during confinement

33 million cellphones traced by public health during confinement

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The Public Health Agency of Canada admitted last week that it had access to the location data of 33 million mobile devices during the lockdown. & nbsp;

“Due to the emergency of the pandemic, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) collected and used mobile data, such as cell tower location data, throughout the COVID-19 response, “a spokesperson told the National Post.

In March, the agency awarded a contract to the Telus Data For Good program to provide” anonymized and aggregated data “to “Understand the possible links between population movements in Canada and the spread of COVID-19,” he said.

The contract expired in October and PHAC is no longer access to location data, the spokesperson added, but the agency plans to track population movements over the next five years in order to deal with other res health problems.

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