- Poland released an app last Friday that requires people in the quarantine area to be isolated by COVID-19 and sends regular selfies on request to prove that they insist on quarantine.
- If the user does not respond to the selfie request within 20 minutes, the police will be alerted.
- According to reports, the Polish government is automatically billing suspected quarantine patients.
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The Polish government has launched a new app that will require patients with coronavirus to take selfies to prove they have been properly isolated.
Under France 24The "Family Isolation" app is designed to isolate people for 14 days after returning from abroad.
People who downloaded the app register for a selfie in the app and then receive regular geography selfie requests. If they do not comply, they will alert the police.
A spokesman for the Polish Ministry of Digital Affairs told AFP: "The quarantine officer can choose: either accept an accidental visit by the police or download the app." If the user fails to respond to the request within 20 minutes, the police will be notified.
France reported on the 24th that Polish police last Friday broke a fine of 500 zloty [$ 116] in the quarantine area.
British journalist Jakub Krupa said on Twitter that an account is being automatically created for suspected quarantine patients.
Krupa tweeted that the app's purpose is not only to punish those who violate quarantine rules, but also that it "helps connect with social services or seek help with emergency supplies."
Despite the demanding selfies, Poland is Not the only country that uses people's phones to take unusual and invasive measures Stop and control the spread of coronavirus.
Singapore has asked citizens to download the app. Use Bluetooth to track if they are close to the person who was diagnosed with the virusAnd Taiwan has introduced electric fence If the patient is suspected to have left the home, it will alert the police.
The app also helps to contact social services or ask for emergency supplies.
Accounts are automatically created for all suspicious patients who have been quarantined, including thousands of patients returning from abroad.
-Jakub Krupa [@JakubKrupa] March 20, 2020