Federal Health Agency Collecting Cellphone Data to Inform Pandemic Policies


Canada’s federal health agency has been using cellphone data to track the anonymized movements of Canadians since the onset of the pandemic in order to inform policy and public messaging, and it intends to continue the practice after the COVID-19 crisis is over. Reported by Blacklock’s on Dec. 21, the news was confirmed by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) in an emailed statement to The Epoch Times. “Due to the urgency of the pandemic, [PHAC] collected and used mobility data, such as cell-tower location data, throughout the COVID-19 response to help understand possible links between the movement of populations within Canada and COVID-19 impacts,” the statement said. The agency said it used the data to measure the public’s responsiveness to lockdowns and the information was regularly shared with provinces and territories to help them in their policy decisions. PHAC said it’s the first time it used mobility data …

SOURCE: https://www.theepochtimes.com/federal-health-agency-collecting-cellphone-data-to-inform-pandemic-policies_4170828.html

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