Russia: Moscow plans to use smartphone geolocation to track foreign visitors


The city of Moscow is planning to use smartphone geolocation functions to track foreign tourists' movements through the city to prevent outbreaks of COVID-19 after Russia reopens its borders. Moscow accounts for two-thirds of all cases in the country. Moscow City Hall is considering a system that would provide daily updates on tourists' movements using their SIM card data and show when residents come into contact with them; it is already buying location data from Russia's three biggest telecom operators. Yandex is thought to be one of the candidate vendors for the tourist-tracking system.


Writer: Moscow Times
Publication: Moscow Times