Google to release ’anonymous’ location data to help thwart spread of Covid-19

Google to release ’anonymous’ location data to help thwart spread of Covid-19

Google will publicly release ’anonymized’ and aggregated location data from its users around the world from Friday. The stated goal is to allow governments to gauge the effectiveness of social distancing measures. Google said the data might help health officials understand people’s habits recommend ideal operational hours for businesses accordingly. Past releases have leaked private data.

Max Bants
Max Bants 1 months

If anyone thinks things are just going to go 'back to normal' after this, i don't know what to tell you...

Avi Khait
Avi Khait 1 months

Hope there are measures in place to watch the watchers. I support good intentions. Road to hell, not so much.

Beisht Kione
Beisht Kione 1 months

Just remember, it's not tyranny if it's a private business guys. Just like with the First Amendment. Nothing to see here. Move along.

Maximilian 1 months

Bye bye rights and privacy. I do not believe this will be reversed once the pandemic ends.

Got Truth
Got Truth 1 months

Surveillance of everyone by Google and governments did NOT start with Covid, they are simply less in the shadows about it. And no, they will never stop until their “Internet of things” is complete by knowing everyone and what you do all the time. Not conspiracy folks.

Paul N
Paul N 1 months

Who needs a tracker chip injected into our bodies when we all willingly carry the perfect tracker and tool to target key ads to us 24/7? I have everything on my phone turned off that I can. How long before those options are disabled and you can’t?

Atechs 1 months

Looks like it's time to get the Faraday bag

Paris Cloud
Paris Cloud 1 months

Leave your phone at home or wrap it in aluminum foil in case of an emergency. I'm not joking about the aluminum foil. Try it for yourself. Wrap it up and have someone call it. Won't work. I know you've got time enough at last.

edwin 1 months

Google can fornicate themselves with this fecal matter. Stuff like this is why I lock down my location setting till I need them

timohy 1 months

So I'll leave my phone at home when going out to keep my privacy. Thank you for letting me know. I do believe in staying at home unless you need to go out to get something but that does not mean you get to know where I am.

FirstCensorshipThenJail 1 months

If you think the communist NGOs' working for the Democrats are not going to be passing this information to ANTIFA are you in for a big surprise. socalist media publisher run by communists staffed by cultists funded by the oil kingdoms all for the benefit of the Chinese Communist Party and Soros Open Society Foundation's Open Border project.

Peter 1 months

That would be serious breach of privacy laws.

Juanita 1 months

Guess I won't be using google anymore and will join the class action

Mutatis 1 months

I somehow doubt this service being offered to governments is going to truly end, even after the virus is no longer a serious issue.

Frederick 1 months


Jon 1 months

I've got one for you. I am now an active advocate for any competitor for any level of google's services. Let's see them giving away my location data when they don't have it.

Celtic45 1 months

"Preserving privacy The Community Mobility Reports were developed to be helpful while adhering to our stringent privacy protocols and protecting people’s privacy. No personally identifiable information, such as an individual’s location, contacts or movement, will be made available at any point. Insights in these reports are created with aggregated, anonymized sets of data from users who have turned on the Location History setting, which is off by default. People who have Location History turned on can choose to turn it off at any time from their Google Account and can always delete Location History data directly from their Timeline. We also use the same world-class anonymization technology used in our products every day to keep your activity data private and secure. This includes differential privacy, which adds artificial noise to our datasets, enabling us to generate insights while preventing the identification of any individual person."

الأكبر فادي
الأكبر فادي 1 months

I do love when big brother steps in to "help" always makes me feel "safe" and "secure".... "thank you" big brother for all you do...

Scott in FLorida
Scott in FLorida 1 months

Yep now google is posting for the world to see when you go to check on your mistress while telling your wife you are going running. Or that you spent 30 min in a church parking lot praying on the way home. Or that you have only left the house 2 times in the past month but that is no different than last month.

AD C 1 months

I'm wondering when someone will make a GPS blocking case. I also wonder how long it will be on sale before it's declared illegal. Or they make phones that require a GPS signal to work.

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