Moscow City Hall is tracking peoples’ movements and cellphone data as the city government has spent $8 million on acquiring data and location of the commuters.
Moscow’s deputy mayor Maxim Liksutov said, the data is used to improve Moscow’s transportation grid, adding, taxi data is analyzed to identify public transportation needs.
He said, surveillance camera footage is used to evaluate traffic congestion.
Critics say the administration’s data collection is not legal and drawing comparisons to China, adding, it would be legal if citizens are informed about which data is collected.
The surveillance practices follow the Chinese model where nothing is co-ordinated with the population and the people are under total control.
Critics said, there should be a system that no law enforcement officials can abuse.