Moscow Will Start Tracking All Foreigners When the Borders Reopen
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.
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.