The COVID-19 pandemic is already a worldwide reality and it appears that data from smartphone users is being used for governments to have access to information related to citizens' travel. The conclusion of the digital rights group Top10VPN which compiles the countries where it detected that this is being done. At the moment Portugal does not appear in the updated list every Tuesday.
Clarifying that in the report there are only confirmed cases, the group that seeks to defend the privacy of users ensures that some governments are using digital tracking to monitor citizens and thus better control the pandemic.
According to the document, the measures range from data collection through the location of the equipment of people confirmed with Coronavirus to the development of new monitoring technologies, namely apps.
See the photo gallery and find out what some countries are doing to monitor the population, organized in chronological order.
In addition, the report also makes reference to other measures, in this case of more "physical" surveillance. This includes the development of facial recognition cameras equipped with temperature sensors and drones in Spain, Russia and China.
At a time when the misinformation about the Coronavirus is evident on social networks, the document also highlights some partnerships between governments and social media platforms. In Singapore, for example, Facebook was intimidated by the government to deny access to a popular web page of social network and fulfilled the request.
Last week Israel confirmed that it was using smartphone location data, and a news report indicated that the same measure was being prepared in the US, but was not confirmed.
In the meantime, the European Commission has already asked content distributors not to clog the Internet as well, Facebook has already taken action, deciding to reduce the bitrate of Instagram and Facebook videos to ease the weight of platforms on European networks. Even so, and as the report finds, in some countries users have had difficulties accessing the Internet. Ethiopia, India, Bangladesh and Burma are the regions listed in the report.