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Taiwan is Tracking Citizens’ Phones to Make Sure They’re Staying Indoors

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Taiwan is rolling out a mobile phone-based “electronic fence” that uses location-tracking to ensure people who are quarantined stay in their homes.

The system monitors phone signals to alert police and local officials if those in home quarantine move away from their address or turn off their phones.

Officials also call twice a day to ensure people don’t avoid tracking by leaving their phones at home.

The system has drawn few complaints in Taiwan, which has reported only reported 108 cases of the virus, compared with more than 80,900 in neighboring China.

Curated from The Independent

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