More than half a dozen operators or groups of companies have said yes to the European Commission's request and said they are ready to hand over their users' location within certain strict limits in order to provide a more accurate picture of the spread of the coronavirus to epidemiologists and authorities.
A new frontline is coming soon for European mobile operators to fight the new coronavirus. At the request of the European Commission on Wednesday, more than half a dozen operators and groups of companies indicated that they were prepared to provide subscriber location data within an appropriate framework, which would give epidemiologists a more accurate picture of the spread of the infection.
On 25 March, the GSMA, the lobbying group for mobile operators, announced that the Vodafone Group, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom (Orange), Telefonica (O2), Telecom Italia, Telenor, Telia and A1 Telekom Austria On Monday, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton had a successful negotiation on the exact framework within which the location data for mobile phones and smartphones will be made available to the relevant authorities.
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One important point of the agreement is that the location data of users is only transmitted anonymously by the operators and only for the purpose of monitoring and simulating the extent of the epidemic. It is also an important condition that the data collected in this way is deleted by the competent authorities after the end of the emergency.
Outside the European Union, a number of countries have already introduced various systems for tracking citizens and infections, which sometimes respect the private sphere more or less. For example, there is an application that helps authorities search for contact information (although it is of little use during mass infections), but there are countries where those subject to official (home) quarantine must be required to follow up, reducing the likelihood that they will be violated. karanténszabályokat.
To the best of HWSW's knowledge, no one has contacted mobile service providers in Hungary in connection with the mass, anonymised transfer of subscriber location data.