Skip to comments.Google to publish user location data to help govts tackle virus
Posted on 04/03/2020 2:53:01 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
Paris (AFP) - Google will publish location data from its users around the world from Friday to allow governments to gauge the effectiveness of social distancing measures put in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the tech giant said.
The reports on users' movements in 131 countries will be made available on a special website and will "chart movement trends over time by geography," according to a post on one of the company's blogs.
Trends will be display "a percentage point increase or decrease in visits" to locations like parks, shops, homes and places of work, not "the absolute number of visits," said the post, signed by Jen Fitzpatrick, who leads Google Maps, and the company's chief health officer Karen DeSalvo.
"We hope these reports will help support decisions about how to manage the COVID-19 pandemic," they said.
In Europe and the United States, technology firms have begun sharing "anonymised" smartphone data to better track the outbreak.
Even privacy-loving Germany is considering using a smartphone app to help manage the spread of the disease.
But activists say authoritarian regimes are using the coronavirus as a pretext to suppress independent speech and increase surveillance.
And in liberal democracies, others fear widespread data harvesting and intrusion could bring lasting harm to privacy and digital rights.
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This is partly why the Chinese people ditched their phones
Which is why I don’t use google, never sign in to it although I’m begged to all the time.
And why I never have my wifi and location turned on on my phone.
When ever I look at the weather on my phone for my area, I’m told to turn on my location.
Don’t need to, I know where I am.
Will a microwave oven keep Kryptonite isolated like a lead box will?
Asking for a friend.
If you have an Android phone, unfortunately, Google DOES get your information, even if it is just from tower and Wifi network triangulation. You don’t have to sign in, you don’t have to have Wifi turned on (it can still passively receive) you don’t have to have location turned on.
That “free” Android OS has a price.
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The new norm. Well they can kiss my old wore out arse
..... Just Leave the Phone Home.
Just leave your phone at home.
My phone is always off unless I am using it. So don’t just go dark, stay dark.
Does Google’s action “defeat” VPNs?
I’ve thought about getting a basic burner family phone to go out with. Would you advise that?
“Benevolent” now, but wait until some government official realizes he can use it to monitor people and punish them for things that they do. It may be “anonymized,” but if it shows someone at your house 24 hours a day, it’s YOU, and that anonymous ID can be followed wherever it goes, and it’s obviously YOU even though your name is not on it.
They can easily sift through the data for an accurate picture of social distancing effectiveness. Technology used for these purposes could be an amazing and helpful tool for fighting the pandemic. Of course the slippery slope appears and it gets used to limit our privacy.
Big Brother won’t stop collecting that data.
Why not use your existing phone but put it in a shield when you go out? Much cheaper. Then periodically during the day, take the phone out of the shield and check for voice mails.
Phone Faraday cages can be had from Amazon for $25.00 or less. Example.
>>”We hope these reports will help support decisions about how to manage
“And Bill Gates and co. is working on various vaccines; “
IMHO that is whats coming.
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