Reports show that in a disturbing deep-state power grab reminiscent of the NSA metadata scandal, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention purchased cellular phone tracking data from various firms to monitor the population's compliance with COVID-19 lockdowns.
The contracts were reportedly approved through an emergency review process with little fanfare or public notice to provide the CDC with “necessary data to continue critical emergency response functions related to evaluating the impact of visits to key points of interest, stay-at-home orders, closures, re-openings and other public health communications related to mask mandate, and other merging research areas on community transmission of SARS-CoV-2,” according to the contracts cited by the Times.
The extent to which the CDC sought to intrude upon the constitutionally protected privacy of the American people is truly chilling.
CDC bought cell phone location datasets in 2021 to study lockdowns and that data can easily be deanonymized to allow individual track and trace. 95% of users can be identified with their movement “fingerprint”. https://t.co/iX1I9x01CI
— Dr. Syed Haider (@DrSyedHaider) March 17, 2023
In the Statement of Work, the CDC wrote (*Quote formatted for clarity),
“This acquisition will provide CDC with the necessary data to continue critical emergency response functions related to evaluating the impact of visits to key points of interest, stay-at-home orders, closures, re-openings, and other public health communications related to mask mandates, and other emerging research areas on community transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Mobility data derived from the location of cell phones at various points in time and aggregated over time or geography or both to create various metrics that have been or will be used by CDC. Specifically, CDC intends to use exclusive mobility data and services acquired through this acquisition t0:
- 1) assess spatiotemporal trends of population mobility in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic to evaluate the impacts of dwell time at home;
- 2) assess home-by-hour behaviors (i.curfew analysis) by exploring the percentage of mobile devices at home during a specific period of time;
- 3) provide granular data at the GPS level around custom industries(i. casinos or supermarkets);
- 4) integrate with other data to provide a comprehensive picture of movement/travel of persons during the COVID-19 pandemic to better understand mandatory stay-at-home. orders, business closure, school re-openings, and other non-pharmaceutical interventions in states and cities; and
- 5) monitor travel to vaccine distribution points of interest such as pharmacies.”
As noted by the Epoch Times, the data would enable the agency to examine movement restrictions and curfews to determine “patterns” and “compliance.”
— Korey A McCreery (@KoreyMccreery33) March 17, 2023
Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) raised his concerns as the Ranking GOP member of the Senate Subcommittee on Investigation and asked the CDC who approved the purchase and whether the information was shared within the government.
In a letter to CDC Director Dr. Rochell Walensky, he wrote,
“It remains unclear why the CDC tracked millions of Americans during the pandemic and whether it continues to do so. In response to COVID-19, the CDC should have been prioritizing the development of treatments, effective testing, and vaccine safety rather than tracking Americans’ daily lives.”
Walensky replied with a non-answer stating that the data was part of an effort “us[ing] the best science available to inform our understanding of the public health impacts of interventions and to inform recommendations.”