Brussels collects mobile data to monitor the evolution of infections



The European Commission is collecting anonymous data on mobile phone movements to assess population movements and to develop models for the evolution of coronavirus infections for health care needs.

The European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, explained this Monday in an interview with the radio station "France Info" the initiative, which consists of studying the massive data that some telecommunications operators have been asked to study, in the countries in which that there is confinement, to what extent do people leave their homes.

Such information will in no case serve to verify whether a specific person stays at home or not, said Breton, who specified that they are destroyed once used with the creation of mathematical models.

The European Commissioner indicated that in order to carry out this work, he had consulted with regulators to ensure that the rules are being complied with and ruled out a follow-up via mobile of infected people, as in South Korea.

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