Big tech and coronavirus: How Google and Facebook could take on the pandemic

Big tech and coronavirus: How Google and Facebook could take on the pandemic

Both Google and Facebook are reported to be talking with governments about how to use the location data they collect from our phones to help track spread of coronavirus across the UK, US, and presumably other countries too. If you’ve never checked your privacy settings on Google or Facebook, then the chances are that both are gathering large amounts of surprisingly accurate data on your movements. Taken across a population, this information can paint an unprecedented picture of how people are gathering and moving, and therefore how the virus might be spreading. The work is in its early stages, […]

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