Many governments around the world have tapped into new data in smartphones that will allow them to track the spread of the virus.

This tactic also allows governments to track whether social distancing measures are being followed and if people are at risk of exposure to Covid-19.

How it works

Facebook provided a map which derives location coordinates of smartphones to state authorities. The map will be able to show large numbers of people gathering in public spaces. These technological tools are helping governments to formulate their public directives more clearly. This data also has potential to identify new infections and alert people who might be at risk.

The strategy of using smartphones to control the spread of the virus has been implemented by countries all over Asia and Europe.

However, many people do not believe that it is acceptable for the government to be using the personal data of smartphone users in order to track the spread of the virus claiming that it is a breach of privacy.

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