China fights the coronavirus with mobile location data
Chinese telecoms sending users their travel history for the last 14 days
China’s newest weapon in battling the spread of the coronavirus? Location data from mobile users. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology
on Thursday that it launched a new service allowing Chinese telecom subscribers to receive a list of provinces and cities visited within the last 14 days via SMS.
The country’s three state-owned mobile service providers -- China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom -- started sending messages to users asking for authorization to send them their location data. Users can also send an SMS inquiry on their own and after an authorization process, see where they’ve been over the last 14 days. But the data sent doesn’t get very specific. Screenshots of inquiry results circulating on Weibo only
the names of cities and provinces.
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