Report: CDC purchased cell phone data to monitor lockdowns and compliance

ATLANTA, GA – According to documents from 2021 obtained by a FOIA request from Vice’s Motherboard, the CDC purchased location data gleaned from millions of cell phones to track movement of persons, in order to monitor compliance with COVID-19 regulations.

Vice reports that the CDC paid $420,000 for access to data from SafeGraph, a “highly controversial data broker.” In fact, in the initial stages of the coronavirus pandemic, SafeGraph actually provided data to the CDC for free.

SafeGraph was banned from Google’s Play Store in June of 2021 due to “privacy concerns.” Its investors include tech billionaire Peter Thiel and former Saudi intelligence chief Turki bin Faisal Al Saud.

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