Recife Tracks 700,000 Cell Phones to Map Social Isolation

Recife City Hall says data from In Loco should help target action to prevent coronavirus contagion.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Recife mayor's office has signed a partnership with the company In Loco to collect data on the movement of people in the city through cell phones. There will be at least 700,000 devices monitored to assist measures to fight the coronavirus (Covid-19).

According to the city hall, there will be no privacy invasion because the collected data does not expose the citizens' identity. Furthermore, the municipality knows that the data is not 100 percent accurate, because some people do not use cell phones, and essential services such as supermarkets and drugstores continue . . .

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