Moscow Will Start Tracking All Foreigners When the Borders Reopen

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Moscow city officials have reportedly decided to build a system to track all foreign tourists using cellular data, once Russia’s borders reopen after the spread of coronavirus subsides, a source in the Mayor’s Office told the newspaper Kommersant. Officials apparently assume that this level of surveillance will be necessary to prevent a second outbreak of COVID-19.

In early April, Moscow has launched the “social monitoring” system to track COVID-19 patients recovering at home under quarantine. These patients are required to remain indoors and use a special mobile app that tracks their movements, to ensure their compliance with quarantine measures.

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The app sends push notifications to verify users’ locations. After each notification, users must access the app using facial recognition and then upload a live selfie. The “Social Monitoring” app logs users’ geolocations automatically.

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