Google is using location data gathered from smartphones to help public health officials. Understand how people’s movements have changed in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. On Saturday, the mobile advertising companies were similarly sharing anonymized. Aggregated data with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As well as state and local governments, to help officials understand the spread of the disease and coordinate their response. The company considers requests from public health officials. To make more data available for contact tracing. Using an individual’s location to identify other people who may have been around them during the time they were infectious.
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— Google (@Google) April 2, 2020