Philippines considers app to trace coronavirus carriers

Privacy perspective: President has also threatened quarantine-breaking troublemakers may be shot

The Philippines has started planning an app to help the government track the movements and contacts of people who carry the novel coronavirus.

Hong Kong coronavirus quarantine evaders collared by cops with the help of smartphone-tracking tech

Hong Kong says it used a "government electronic monitoring system" to nab potential novel coronavirus carriers who flouted quarantine regulations. By monitoring system, it most likely means its wristband-based smartphone-tracking technology.

A late Tuesday announcement from the Special Administrative Region's government stated: "The police, following reports from members of the public and detection via the government electronic monitoring system, carried out immediate on-site investigations today.

It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin

Tracking and limiting the movements of overseas travelers, and others suspected to be COVID-19 coronavirus carriers, has proved an essential tool in controlling the pandemic.

That's according to Professor Marylouise McLaws, a technical adviser to the World Health Organization's Infection Prevention and Control Global Unit.

Armed Vinalhaven residents reportedly blocked driveway with felled tree to force quarantine

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of several armed people cutting down a tree Friday across a driveway to force someone to quarantine because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday, a person contacted the U.S. Coast Guard asking for assistance in the area of Cripple Creek Road, the sheriff’s office said. The caller said several people with guns had cut down a tree and were telling other people to stay quarantined.

Someone with a scanner heard the report and called the Knox Regional Communications Center.

Australian state will install home surveillance hardware to make sure if you're in virus isolation, you stay there

The State of Western Australia has given itself the power to install surveillance devices in homes, or compel people to wear them, to ensure that those required to isolate during the coronavirus crisis don’t interact with the community.

Not all people will be required to use the devices. State Premier [equivalent to a US governor – ed.] Mark McGowan said they’ll only be used if: “Someone who is directed to self-isolate and fails to comply.”

US Homeland Security mistakenly seizes British ad agency's website

A Brighton-based ad agency is scratching its collective head after its website was effectively seized by US Homeland Security.

The agency stopped receiving external emails and turned to its IT support company Ingenious for an answer. They discovered that anyone trying to visit the company website – – met a landing page with America's Department of Justice, Homeland Security and New York Police Department logos and the stern message:

Don't worry, Alexa and friends only record you up to 19 times a day

No one likes it when a stranger butts into their conversation.

Especially when they interrupt with some astonishing non-sequitur.

You're watching TV and chatting about the painfully demanding couple on House Hunters International when a distant voice pipes up: "The circumference of the Earth is 24,901 miles."

Suit against Berlin police for using armored BearCat for search warrants dismissed

While saying the Berlin Police Department could have chosen “a less-intimidating mode of transportation” during the execution of search warrants, a judge has nonetheless dismissed a lawsuit against the department for using a BearCat armored personnel carrier to do so.

ATF trying to facilitate gun registration

The ATF has issued new rules that will alter the format for Form 4473’s and make it easier to create a national gun registry.

Here’s what we know. ATF agents have used annual inspections to electronically record the contents of Form 4473’s being kept by federal gun dealers. See here and here.

Gun regulators have admitted to violating the Second Amendment

On Dec. 11, Gun Owners of America argued before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that the government’s recently enacted ban on bump stocks is illegal.

The organization's argument is by no means controversial. The government bureau that made them illegal, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, even admitted in a court filing that it lacks authority under the Gun Control Act and National Firearms Act to issue the rule. In short, it violated the Second Amendment as a way of reaping more power for itself, and that should not be tolerated.


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