In a bid to locate and halt the spread of COVID-19, the government can legally use personal data from millions of cellphones to better understand the movements of South Africans during the coronavirus lockdown.
With at least 1,187 confirmed cases in the country, the health department said a total of 117 people cannot be located.
Information and communication analyst Arthur Goldstuck said using location history from mobile phones of confirmed cases can help track and trace the spread of the virus.
“A smartphone has to connect to a cellphone tower continually, and one can actually track from those connections is whether devices are moving. But generally, what you see from that data is that movement of devices and population.”
While the issue raises privacy concerns, Goldstuck said the usage of data can reveal whether the public is abiding by lockdown rules.
Some countries have gone further including South Korea, Hong Kong, and Israel by using smartphone apps to monitor patients.
In other news – Inside A-Reece’s sweet 23rd Birthday celebration – Pictures
Mzansi rapper A-Reece was born on the 27th of March and he just celebrated his birthday in a smart, simple and sweet way two days ago.
He turned 23 years old and we wish him many years and blessings in his life, and it is truly a blessing, as so many people passed on without reaching such an age. Taking to social media he shared how he celebrated his special day and it looks he enjoyed it. continue reading