Lockdowns, vaccine mandates and mask mandates were already an unprecedented violation of Americans civil liberties as hundreds of thousands of businesses were shut down and people were only allowed to leave their home for necessities.
Now, an even more egregious violation of Americans privacy rights was revealed by Zerohedge.
To make sure that Americans were complying with statewide lockdown orders, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) bought cell phone data for tens of millions of Americans to track their location.
The CDC has attempted to defend its purchase of Americans location and cell phone data as a way to see how effective lockdown policies were.
The purchases, which amounted to $628,000 altogether, were payed out to two different firms and allowed the CDC to track the location of 55 million people.
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While Vice news previously reported on the contracts, their report was only a screenshot of one page of the agreement. New details emerged after the Epoch Times and Zerohedge were able to obtain all 71 pages of the agreement.
Zero Hedge Reports–
The CDC Paid Big Money to Track and Trace Americans w/ Cell Phone Data During Lockdowns
The CDC said it used the tracking data to "assess home-by-hour behaviors by exploring the percentage of mobile devices at home during specific period of time."https://t.co/805JGmAY0D
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) purchased data from tracking companies to monitor compliance with lockdowns, according to contracts with the firms.
The CDC paid one firm $420,000 and another $208,000. That bought access to location data from at least 55 million cellphone users.
The contracts, approved under emergency review due to the COVID-19 pandemic, were aimed at providing the CDC “with the necessary data to continue critical emergency response functions elated to evaluating the impact of visits to key points of interest, stay at home orders, closures, re-openings and other public heath communications related to mask mandate, and other merging research areas on community transmission of SARS-CoV-2,” the contracts, obtained by The Epoch Times, state.
The CDC said it would be using the tracking data to “assess home-by-hour behaviors (i.e. curfew analysis) by exploring the percentage of mobile devices at home during specific period of time.” The data could also be integrated with other information “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.”