In the US, smartphones are used to track the movement of citizens

US authorities collect information about the movements of citizens from their smartphones to prevent the spread of a new type of coronavirus, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources.

The data is used to analyze the movement of people in more than 500 cities in the country and create a portal for Federal and local authorities with information about the location of people. It is assumed that this measure will help them anticipate scenarios for the further spread of Covid-19 and take measures to control the infection.

The publication notes that the authorities get access to data on the location of people, but names and phone numbers are not provided. Advertisers, not mobile operators, provide information to the American authorities.

According to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in the United States exceeded 120 thousand people, more than 2 thousand of them died.