U.S. government, tech industry discussing ways to use smartphone location data to combat coronavirus

Posted in: Mobile & Wireless at 18/03/2020 18:36

The U.S. government is in active talks with Facebook, Google and a wide array of tech companies and health experts about how they can use location data gleaned from Americans’ phones to combat the novel coronavirus, including tracking whether people are keeping one another at safe distances to stem the outbreak.

Public-health experts are interested in the possibility that private-sector companies could compile the data in anonymous, aggregated form, which they could then use to map the spread of the infection, according to three people familiar with the effort, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the project is in its early stages.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/03/17/white-house-location-data-coronavirus/

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