Welcome To 1984, The United States Government Is Tracking Your Cell Phone, Where You Are, Who You Are With, Because: Virus, But Don’t Worry They Won’t Collect Your Name

Mark Sidney| Benjamin Franklin famously said, and I paraphrase,  ‘those who would trade liberty for temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.’

When I read that quote I think how nice it must have been to live in a time when one got to make that choice for themselves.

After all, how much can we really trust the government to tell us the truth, especially when it comes to how much information they are collecting on us?

Remember when James Clapper lied to Congress about the NSA collecting data on millions of Americans?


Keep that in mind when you read this …

The Wall Street Journal Reported:

‘WASHINGTON—Government officials across the U.S. are using location data from millions of cellphones in a bid to better understand the movements of Americans during the coronavirus pandemic and how they may be affecting the spread of the disease.

The federal government, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local governments have started to receive analyses about the presence and movement of people in certain areas of geographic interest drawn from cellphone data, people familiar with the matter said. The data comes from the mobile advertising industry rather than cellphone carriers.

The aim is to create a portal for federal, state and local officials that contains geolocation data in what could be as many as 500 cities across the U.S., one of the people said, to help plan the epidemic response.

The data—which is stripped of identifying information like the name of a phone’s owner—could help officials learn how coronavirus is spreading around the country and help blunt its advance. It shows which retail establishments, parks and other public spaces are still drawing crowds that could risk accelerating the transmission of the virus, according to people familiar with the matter. In one such case, researchers found that New Yorkers were congregating in large numbers in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and handed that information over to local authorities, one person said. Warning notices have been posted at parks in New York City, but they haven’t been closed.

The data can also reveal general levels of compliance with stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders, according to experts inside and outside government, and help measure the pandemic’s economic impact by revealing the drop-off in retail customers at stores, decreases in automobile miles driven and other economic metrics.

The CDC has started to get analyses based on location data through through an ad hoc coalition of tech companies and data providers—all working in conjunction with the White House and others in government, people said.

The CDC and the White House didn’t respond to requests for commentREAD MORE At The Wall Street Journal

Do you trust the government, no matter who is the President, with tracking your location?

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