The British government has been reported to have secretly surveilled the movements of millions of citizens to track changes in behaviour following the administration of coronavirus vaccines.
A report from the SPI-B committee of government scientists has revealed that the government tracked up to ten per cent of the British public’s phones in February, all without permission or notification to the public.
The report, which was seen by the Sunday Telegraph, said that researchers at Oxford University for the SPI-B — a subgroup of the British government’s SAGE quango — monitored the behavioural changes of vaccinated Britons through “CDR [call data records] with corresponding location observations”.
Through tracking “cell phone mobility data for 10 per cent of the British population”, the Oxford University team was able to determine that 4,254 people had received a coronavirus vaccine at the time. Researchers went to track those individuals through forty “CDR [call data records] with corresponding location observations” daily. They studied the changes in the behaviour of those vaccinated by comparing the week before and the week after the administering of the jab.
The report revealed that “various robustness checks are undertaken by age, distance from home to vaccination point” by the government group, which also studied “gyration (radius of gyration on vaccination day), time (opening hours) and home (do they go home directly after vaccination)”.
Through the behavioural monitoring of vaccinated people compared to a control group, the researchers were able to determine that “average pre-vaccination mobility increased by 218 meters”. Silkie Carlo, the director of the civil liberties pressure group Big Brother Watch said in response to the report: “No one expects that by going to get a vaccine they will be tracked and monitored by their own Government.