‘Google is considering sharing users’ location data with the UK government to help track the movements of citizens during the coronavirus crisis.
The tech giant is in discussions about sharing location data, gathered from its various apps, to help determine whether the public is practising social distancing.
This would work in a similar way to Google Maps, which uses location data on users’ mobile phones track the movement of cars and show when there is heavy traffic in certain locations, reports New Scientist.
As the data would be anonymised, it would be unable to show who is guilty of not adhering to the strict measures introduced to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
However, the data could help identify where and when people are gathering, which could influence further government measures.’
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