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Report: Canada Secretly Tracked 86% of Population’s Phones During COVID-19 Lockdowns

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Reports reveal Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has admitted to tracking over 33 million cell phones. Reports reveal the tracking was to assess “the public’s responsiveness during lockdown measures.”

The spying on Canadian citizens was revealed last week. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) purchased data on cell phone users’ location and movement from Telus, to “understand possible links between the movement of populations within Canada and the spread of COVID-19,” an agency official said, according to Blacklock’s Reporter.

“Due to the urgency of the pandemic,” the spokesperson said, “(PHAC) collected and used mobility data, such as cell-tower location data, throughout the COVID-19 response.”

Canada’s population is roughly 38,436,447, meaning the government was tracking about 86% of its total population. “Evidence is coming in from many sources, from countries around the world, that what was seen as a huge surveillance surge — post 9/11 — is now completely upstaged by pandemic surveillance,” David Lyon, author of “Pandemic Surveillance” and the former director of the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University in Ontario, told the National Post.

The PHAC bought location and movement data from Canadian telecom giant Telus to “understand possible links between the movement of populations within Canada and the spread of COVID-19,” an agency spokesperson said, according to the paper.

The public health organization plans to continue tracking population movement for at least the next five years to control “other infectious diseases, chronic disease prevention and mental health,” the unnamed rep said.

The National Post spoke with David Lyon, author of Pandemic Surveillance and former director of the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University, via email. Lyon told them, “I think that the Canadian public will find out about many other such unauthorized surveillance initiatives before the pandemic is over—and afterward.

“[PHAC] uses the same kinds of ‘reassuring’ language as national security agencies use,” Lyon continued, “for instance not mentioning possibilities for re-identifying data that has been ‘de-identified.’ In principle, of course, cell data can be used for tracking.”

The data gathered is used for the COVID Trends website.

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4 Comments

  1. lea

    December 29, 2021 at 11:14 am

    This is one of the reasons I turned off the option on my cell that tracks the phone.

  2. Ric

    December 29, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    FU Turdeau

  3. WILLIAM FLYNN

    December 30, 2021 at 9:10 am

    Trudope is a FASCIST DICTATOR just like Dementia Joe !

  4. John Christian Poelstra

    December 30, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Canada was always liberal and then evolved to socialism. Now Canada is entering into their next phase – fascism. This is what large governments do. They want to protect their power, their careers, their rights as the elite over the rest of the rabble; or deplorables in the words of Hillary Clinton. The left and even Wikipedia accuse the extreme right as being fascist. But the reality is just the opposite because the right wants smaller government and less regulation. That is the antithesis of fascism. Without the watchers, enforcers, guards, collectors, and propagandists in a large government fascism cannot exist.

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