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Liquor Stores, Pharmacy Visits Tracked During Pandemic

Source: Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press, CTV News, May 5,2022

A report by Outbreak intelligence analysts BlueDot reveals the agency was able to view a detailed snapshot of people’s behaviour, including visits to the grocery store, gatherings with family and friends, time spent at home and trips to other towns and provinces.

OTTAWA – Canadians’ movements, including trips to the liquor store and pharmacy, were closely tracked via their mobile phones without their knowledge during the COVID-19 pandemic, a report sent to a parliamentary committee shows.

Outbreak intelligence analysts BlueDot prepared reports using anonymized data for the Public Health Agency of Canada to help it understand travel patterns during the pandemic.

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