COVID-19: Belgium analyses telecom data to measure the impact of confinement

Highlights

  • Belgium’s “Data Against Corona” taskforce has processed anonymized and aggregated telecom data from millions of Belgians, without compromising privacy
  • The data is used to compute mobility metrics per postal code - such as the number of trips or the % of time spent outside of one’s residential ZIP code
  • Since national confinement measures have been enacted on March 18th, the average Belgian has reduced his mobility by more than 50%
  • Belgians spend roughly 80% of their time at their home ZIP code

BRUSSELS (27 MARCH 2020) - In the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the Belgian Minister of Health (Maggie De Block) and the Minister of Telecom, Digital & Privacy (Philippe De Backer) have received the first results from the “Data Against Corona” taskforce that combines telecom data and epidemiological data in a privacy-friendly and GDPR-compliant model.

Press release 20200329_International Press Release - Data Against Corona.pdf - 373 KB

 

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