Canada could track COVID-19 through cellphones: experts


Originally published by the Wire Report
Author: Anja Karadeglija

As reports emerge of countries around the world using cellphone location data to help map out the spread of COVID-19, experts say there are a number of ways in which provinces or the federal government could do the same.

There is nothing standing in the way of telecoms or tech companies handing over bulk data, as long as it’s anonymized. But personally identifiable information, such as the movements or location of individuals, would be subject to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), meaning it can only be provided to authorities if they obtained a warrant — or if there was an order issued under emergency legislation.

As the virus has spread around the world, countries like Italy, Germany and Austria are using anonymized data from telecom companies, while Israel, China and South Korea are employing location information to trace individuals.

Halifax-based privacy lawyer and advocate David Fraser said in a phone interview that in Canada “anything that’s personal level — that says David was here and is now there — has to be legally compelled,” he said.

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