South Africa collates location data to track and trace 


The South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research will partner with Telkom and Samsung to create a track and trace system specifically for the South African context, which includes high levels of economic inequality, poverty, and overcrowding. The system will collate data sources such as GIS in order to track those who may be infected and those whom they may expose to the virus. In some communities, the Department of Health will use trackers to trace primary contacts and ensure testing for secondary contacts using 1,500 handsets that Telkom and Samsung will distribute across the country. The announcement follows the publication of new regulations by the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies that require network operators to turn over aggregated location data to show how the population is moving around but won't expose individual users' movements.


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