U.S. authorities are monitoring the movement of smartphone owners due to the COVID-19 pandemic

U.S. authorities are collecting information on the movements of their citizens from their mobile devices in order to track patterns and prevent the Coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic. According to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), such tracking takes place in at least 500 cities across the country.

According to the publication citing sources, information about the location of smartphone owners is provided by advertisers who place ads on the Internet and mobile applications. Telecom operators do not share this information with authorities. It is noted that only the location of users is concerned, while their personal data, names and phone numbers are not disclosed.

In the U.S., according to data as of March 29, 124.6 thousand cases of coronavirus revealed – on this indicator, the country is in first place in the world, ahead of Europe and China, where in late 2019 the pandemic began. 2.6 thousand people recovered. 2.1 thousand people died, 672 of them in one New York. President Donald Trump does not consider it necessary to introduce a strict quarantine in the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. At the same time, he signed a law allocating a record $2 trillion to support the country’s economy.