On March 17, President Lenin Moreno authorized public authorities to use satellite and mobile phone platforms to trace the whereabouts of individuals not complying with the quarantine. It is among the measures being taken under the declared ‘state of emergency for public calamity’, in effect for 60 days. Two days after announcing the move, the Constitutional Court gave its backing but cautioned “it must not become a means to transgress the rights to privacy and non-discrimination”, and urged the authorities to protect personal information and inform the population about the use of the tools and their scope. During a state of emergency, the Executive is also empowered to suspend or limit freedom of movement, association, assembly and information.
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