The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) purchased location data from tens of millions of Americans’ cellphones in an effort to track their location and ensure compliance with COVID lockdown measures, as well as monitor vaccination efforts.
The news comes from newly released documents obtained by Vice.
Access to the location data, according to the outlet, allowed the CDC to “perform analysis of compliance with curfews” and “track patterns of people visiting K-12 schools.”
The documents, dated from 2021, demonstrate that “the CDC used the data for monitoring curfews.”
It also points to other COVID-tracking purposes.
Vice breaks the story of the CDC using tracking data on Americans, to see if they were complying with the lockdowns, and then has to add that right wingers worried about surveillance like this and they’re almost apologetic about their own piece. 🙄 pic.twitter.com/NS0sOmrp7c
— Karol Markowicz (@karol) May 4, 2022
CDC Tracking Your Cellphone Data
Vice indicates the data “has been critical for ongoing response efforts, such as hourly monitoring of activity in curfew zones or detailed counts of visits to participating pharmacies for vaccine monitoring.”
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Specific monitoring was used to track data on visits to neighbors, churches, and schools.
Vice was careful to point out that the data was aggregated, meaning individual cellphone information was not tracked. Yet, or that we know of, anyway.
The outlet also points out that some of the tracking data were meant to “specifically monitor the effectiveness of policy in the Navajo Nation.”
Which is interesting in that the Navajo Nation initially was a hotspot for the pandemic, but essentially became a model for COVID over-regulation by keeping mask, curfew, and social distancing rules intact.
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
Do What You’re Told
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House coronavirus adviser under President Trump and current Chief Medical Adviser to President Biden, told Americans early on in the pandemic that their ‘independent spirit’ was getting in the way of government forcing them to follow orders.
“I was talking with my U.K. colleagues who are saying the U.K. is similar to where we are now, because each of our countries have that independent spirit,” he said.
“I can understand that, but now is the time to do what you’re told.”
BREAKING: CDC caught tracking the phones of the Navajo Nation to monitor their compliance with lockdownspic.twitter.com/u6b5f0CCJ6
— Ultra MAGA Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) May 5, 2022
Senator Rand Paul, long a thorn in the side of Fauci and the CDC, has consistently complained that pandemic directives have not been “based in science” and were “more about submission.”
“You’re not to question him, just do as you’re told,” Paul said, adding, “So with him, it’s more about submission.”
For government officials hell bent on vaccine coercion for all – Fauci primarily – which is more important: truth or submission?
Natural immunity to covid is powerful. Policymakers seem afraid to say so. – The Washington Post https://t.co/S1KoExjauH
— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) September 18, 2021
In Australia last year, officials were using cellphone apps to ensure arrivals to the country were complying with home quarantine requirements.
The Guardian reported at the time “the app randomly alerts users to verify their location and send a selfie back to authorities within 15 minutes to prove they are at the home they have registered to quarantine at.”
It marked an astounding breach of privacy and freedom.
The Political Insider’s Becky Noble wrote that Australia’s unvaccinated were being treated like “second-class citizens” and openly wondered “can it happen here?”
This new report on the CDC tracking cellphone data in order to ensure COVID compliance seems to suggest it definitely did.
in other news, we’ve got the FBI doing warrantless surveillance, the DHS policing online speech, and the CDC tracking lockdown compliance. pic.twitter.com/gG07Mss65s
— Logan Hall (@loganclarkhall) May 3, 2022
Vice notes that the CDC purchased the tracking data with the hopes of expanding it for use beyond COVID compliance purposes.
“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,” they write.
Perhaps if you’re overweight they’ll track how many times your cellphone takes a trip to a fast-food restaurant.
Skeptical? Don’t be. One of the use cases cited by the CDC in the documents obtained by Vice describes a desire to “research points of interest for physical activity and chronic disease prevention such as visits to parks, gyms, or weight management businesses.”
Get in shape or else.
For liberals apoplectic about the recent Supreme Court controversy – could they possibly track women who go to abortion clinics?
The possibilities are endless. But these possibilities should never have seen the light of day here in America.
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