Government officers must have express permission from each person or a warrant for every individual to use cell data to track people, otherwise it is an unlawful search and seizure. Dr. Pamela Popper is asking anyone whose cell phone has been used to contact trace them to reach out to her to participate in a lawsuit.
Restaurants in Washington state must keep a log for contact tracing that includes each customer’s telephone number and email address, and what time they came in to eat. It is presumed that when an person comes near a tracked Covid carrier, they will be forced into quarantine until they test negative.
Democrat Representative Bobby Rush introduced HR 6666, the COVID-19 TRACE Act, that authorizes the federal government to grant approved entities the right to conduct contact tracing for coronavirus at “individuals’ residences.” Contact tracing involves investigators tracing every interaction that infected people have.
Dr. Kelly Henning, the epidemiologist at Bloomberg Philanthropies who heads the project, said that the only way to reopen safely is with an unprecedented effort to interview the people who get the virus, track down every single person they come in contact with, and get them to quarantine for 14 days.
The bill funds cell phone tracking that monitors individuals’ movements and the activity of people around them. The army of snitches will come from communities as the $100 billion measure funds grants to churches, clinics, medical centers, and schools to perform testing, tracing, or services for those in isolation.
New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Massachusetts have agreed to coordinate the reopening of their states. Contact tracing will be part of the plan to reopen. California, Oregon, and Washington also will include contact tracing with the lifting of restrictions.
Apple and Google are teaming up to develop contact tracing apps that track the user’s health records and their contacts. Reports indicate they are planning eventually to build the feature into all updates. Ranking on these apps could be used to allow entry into grocery stores or larger businesses and events.