Moroccan police have started using a mobile application in recent days to track violators of the kingdom’s lockdown in response to the coronavirus, according to the official MAP news agency.
The application was built by developers from the country’s national security force DGSN and its launch was confirmed by MAP on Tuesday.
It helps the police know which checkpoints a person has passed through, allowing them to trace their movements,” MAP reported, citing DGSN officials.
The application uses national identity card numbers but does not allow police access to citizens’ personal information and the storage of data “conforms to the rigorous security criteria used by the DGSN in its databases”, according to MAP.
Officials say more than 53,000 people have been arrested since the start of a public health state of emergency on March 20. About half of those arrested were then detained to face prosecution.
Those found guilty of violating lockdown measures face one to three months in prison, a fine of up to 115 euros, or both.