In the last few hours the news about the government’s decision to use the location of mobile phones of all spaniards to control the expansion of the CoVID-19 have been on the rise.
Localization with smartphones: how it works tracking mobileTracking of mobile, to know the location of phones, uses multiple methods for this to be possible. We show you what methods are.
There are many comments that are pointing towards a hazardous use of this technology, which could even infringe on our right to privacy. We tell you the key of this decision, which will be able to know the government and also what not.
The data come from antenna, not the mobile
The first thing you have to make clear is that the government does not have access to our mobile. Will be the operators that can give information our to the state. This information will be extracted from the antennas, which implies a location not especially accurate but that is able to distinguish if we changed or not site.
The government’s intention is to know if there are flows of movement from one area of the city to another, or from an area internal to a beach, something that is forbidden in the current situation.
That is something that is already done in November to a study by the INE (National Statistics Institute).
The information will be based on group, not individual
This information will not be given with identifiers, names or phone numbers linked to addresses, but in aggregate form, that is to say, as a whole. This will allow the government to know if there are flows important, but not what people are inside of the same. Therefore, it is very different from what is seen in other countries, with granular control.
In fact, the operators can already sell these data, provided that it is not individualized and segmented.
The applications of the communities do not track
Some Autonomous Communities have launched apps to make calls to emergency services are not so necessary. These applications request at times that you can activate the permission of location, but it is only to elucidate whether or not we are in the community that the app serves.
You can already download the app from the coronavirus in the Community of MadridThe Android app CoronaMadrid allows us to know if we have the symptoms of the coronavirus if we live in the Community of Madrid.
For its part, the European Union is also advanced in this regard, although no agreement yet among the states to take a joint decision.
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