CDC Spent Taxpayer Dollars To Buy Cellphone Location Data To Track Americans During COVID Pandemic

Written by on May 4, 2022

CDC Spent Taxpayer Dollars To Buy Cellphone Location Data To Track Americans During COVID Pandemic

Shared By Peter Boykin – American Political Commentator / Citizen Journalist


Shocking documents reveal the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention purchased cellphone data on millions of Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure they were complying with pandemic-related restrictions.

Motherboard, a technology news website, reported Tuesday that CDC documents show the agency spent $420,000 last year to purchase cellphone location data harvested from tens of million of Americans.

The data was purchased from SafeGraph, which Motherboard described as a “Highly controversial data broker.” The data was “Derived from at least 20 million active cellphone users per day across the United States” and provided “Extremely accurate insights related to age, gender, race, citizenship status, income, and more.” The purchase gave the CDC access to the data for one year.

To track the “Correlation of mobility patterns data and rise in COVID-19 cases” in schools, mass gatherings, public transportation stations, etc.

When purchasing the data, the CDC placed an “Urgent” request because of the pandemic.

Documents show the CDC wanted to use the data for purposes completely unrelated to the pandemic.

Motherboard reported that SafeGraph likely violated a Google policy that prohibits Google’s technology firms from paying “App developers to include their data harvesting code and then sell the collected data to companies or government agencies.”

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