As you may have heard, South Korea is battling a MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak that has already killed 7 people and subjected 2,800 citizens to quarantine. To ensure that the quarantine is being enforced, South Korean authorities will track cellphone locations with help from local telecom companies.
“Please understand this is an unavoidable measure for the sake of our neighbours and families,” the deputy prime minister, Choi Kyung-hwan, told a news briefing in the central city of Sejong, where he announced the plan to track the mobile phones of people under quarantine to ensure they stayed at home.
South Korea has one of the highest cellphone ownership rates, and is home to some of the biggest cellphone manufacturers in the world.
Is there ever a correct reason for a government to continuously track a citizen’s location? And if so, is enforcing quarantine one of those reasons? I wonder what your thoughts are on this.