(Rallying Patriots) – A new bombshell report from the folks at WND has revealed that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention actually purchased location data for tens of millions of American citizens’ cell phones in order to analyze the information for “compliance” with COVID recommendations, specifically targeting individuals who visited school and churches.
Once again, we see liberals looking at Orwell’s “1984” as a playbook for tyranny rather than a warning against it. You simply cannot trust the government with anything.
The CDC then made another move to buy up more data for what they called “general CDC purposes,” the report stated. The report itself was put together from information obtained by Motherboard and published over at Vice.
Writer Joseph Cox then stated, “Newly released documents showed the CDC planned to use phone location data to monitor schools and churches, and wanted to use the data for many non-COVID-19 purposes too.”
The report continued by saying, “Location data is information on a device’s location sourced from the phone, which can then show where a person lives, works, and where they went. The sort of data the CDC bought was aggregated—meaning it was designed to follow trends that emerge from the movements of groups of people—but researchers have repeatedly raised concerns with how location data can be deanonymized and used to track specific people.”
“The documents show a strategy by the CDC to obtain location details from SafeGraph, and paying the company $420,000 for access to a year’s worth of data on, among others, Peter Thiel,” WND reported.
The company in question has actually been embroiled in a lot of controversy leading to Google banning it from the Play Store.
The CDC then made the claim that the data was important “for ongoing response efforts, such as hourly monitoring of activity in curfew zones or detailed counts of visits to participating pharmacies for vaccine monitoring.”
“The CDC seems to have purposefully created an open-ended list of use cases, which included monitoring curfews, neighbor to neighbor visits, visits to churches, schools and pharmacies, and also a variety of analysis with this data specifically focused on ‘violence,'” Zach Edwards, a cybersecurity researcher, explained in the report.
Motherboard then reported that they obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information Act procedure.
“They reveal the CDC’s description of different ‘potential’ uses of the data to include tracking patterns of those visiting K-12 schools, examining the mobility patterns amid the rise in COVID-19 cases, and examining the ‘effectiveness of public policy on Navajo Nation,'” the WND report revealed.
The report then stated that during the COVID pandemic, cell phone location data was looked at as a “tool,” and even groups such as the New York Times used it to show where people were traveling when lockdowns began to lift.
“The report warned that the pandemic was a flashpoint in a ‘culture war’ that includes significant concerns over government’s ability to control people and actions through mask and vaccine mandates and more,” WND said.
Many individuals have also raised concerns that vaccine passports might potentially be used as a surveillance tool.
“Against that inflamed backdrop, the use of cell phone location data for such a wide variety of tracking measures, even if effective for becoming better informed on the pandemic’s spread or for informing policy, is likely to be controversial. It’s also likely to give anti-vaccine groups a real-world data point on which to pin their darkest warnings,” the report said.
“Data purchase paperwork described some actions as ‘an URGENT COVID-19’ purchase plan, while others were not specifically tied to the nationwide disaster created by the Chinese virus,” the report continued.
The CDC has openly said that it wants to use this information for what they called additional “non-COVID-19” programs. The report went on to say that the CDC declined to respond to any requests for comment, however it did explain that SafeGraph sells a wide variety of cell phone data details.
“It said researchers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation also have obtained documents regarding the CDC’s purchase of various location data from another company, Cubeiq,” the report concluded.
This is spying. Period. The government was using this information to spy on people during the pandemic, which is an egregious violation of a person’s liberty. Those who participated in this nonsense should be held accountable for that violation.
Again, this is why you simply cannot trust the government.
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