Moscow To Launch New Monitoring-App To Track Residents In The Coronavirus-Lockdown

Moscow to Launch New Monitoring-App To Track the inhabitants In the Coronavirus Lockdown

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Police officers walk through an empty Red square in Moscow on Tuesday, as the Russian capital is in lockdown to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.

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the city-the authorities in Moscow are rolling out the new digital “social monitoring” tools targeting the General public, according to what officials say again and again, violations of the city’s quarantine is imposed, the this week to combat the spread of the new coronavirus.

Under the restrictions in place since Monday, most of the city of 12 million people must stay indoors, apart from a few exceptions, such as trips to the supermarket or the pharmacy, take out the trash, or walking the dog.

But as of Thursday, Muscovites have followed their movements through a required app on their smartphones. Don’t have one? The city says they also give devices.

“The main objective is to promote, together with the patient that he go outside,” said Eduard Lysenko, the head of the city Department of Information and technology, in an interview with Echo of Moscow radio.

In addition, Moscow residents required to register for a government-issued QR code is a small square matrix bar code containing personal data. What information will keep the codes, is not yet clear. But the Russians have on their smartphones, or wearing an expression that to present your QR-profiles to the police, is requested. (City officials say they are also preparing to educate the public and elderly Russians, in particular, what is a QR-code actually is.)

The new instruments merge with the existing street cameras and face recognition software to quickly identify residents say stray from their homes and/or isolated, and the authorities.

to Add an incentive to follow the rules, President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed a law on introduction of criminal sanctions, — , including fines and up to seven years in prison — for skipping quarantine and infected others. The Russian President signed legislation to allow the government additional powers to declare immediately to the national emergency, without the consent of the Parliament.

But the members of the Russian opposition — no strangers to state surveillance or prisons — the expression says, in particular, unease about a growing digital arsenal of the government, will help you fight COVID-19. A state task force on Wednesday reported more than 2,700 cases of infection and 24 deaths from the disease, with the majority of the cases, in Moscow.

“it is clear”, wrote Leonid Volkov, chief strategist of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, on his telegram channel. “The coronavirus will eventually leave, but this digital concentration camp will remain.”

Released on Thu, 01 Apr 2020 19:51:28 +0000

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