The CDC decided to track American’s movements during the Covid lockdowns by purchasing data on millions of cell phones from SafeGraph, a location “data broker.” CDC tracked Americans for such things as whether someone went to church during the lockdowns, or the grocery store, or anywhere else. According to experts, the data they purchased could have been used for very private information…even doctor’s office visits. The information on the CDC purchase was originally obtained by the liberal publication Vice/Motherboard.
NEW: CDC bought location data tracking tens of millions of people from a Peter Thiel-backed spy firm; use cases included "hourly monitoring of activity in curfew zones," activity in schools and houses of worship, and monitoring the Navajo Nation. https://t.co/8EezYurSTD— Tim Marchman (@timmarchman) May 3, 2022
Note: Tim Marchman is the Features editor of Motherboard, which is a Tech publication of Vice. The publication filed an FOIA request to obtain the documents.
The CDC reportedly paid $420,000 for one year of data from SafeGraph, a data broker with a controversial history.
Safegraph’s investors include the former head of the Saudi intelligence service and Peter Thiel. The company was banned from the Google Play Store for violating its terms on data collection, Vice reported. This week, following the report that the Supreme Court could soon reverse the precedent set by Roe v. Wade, SafeGraph announced it will stop selling location tracking data on visits to abortion providers, according to CNBC.Daily Caller
CDC tracked Americans – Super Snoops?
Why are they controversial? SafeGraph was removed from the Google Play Store in June of 2021. Some of their data location information can be used to target specific individuals.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) bought access to location data harvested from tens of millions of phones in the United States to perform analysis of compliance with curfews, track patterns of people visiting K-12 schools, and specifically monitor the effectiveness of policy in the Navajo Nation, according to CDC documents obtained by Motherboard. The documents also show that although the CDC used COVID-19 as a reason to buy access to the data more quickly, it intended to use it for more-general CDC purposes.Vice
The CDC reportedly purchased “aggregated” data garnered from millions of cell phones that came from SafeGraph’s “U.S. Core Place Data,” “Weekly Patterns Data,” and “Neighborhood Patterns Data.” It included time spent in the home and neighborhood. It reportedly included such things as data on “age, gender, race, citizenship status, income,” etc.
For the bottom line here, do we need a supposed “health organization” tracking our movements? No. We have enough problems with other government agencies.
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