Google has begun releasing information on people’s locations and movements to help officials monitor people’s compliance and stay at home during a coronavirus pandemic
Google announced today that it is publishing aggregate, anonymous data from 131 countries to track people’s movements over different time periods.
Information is collected from Google Maps, other applications, and services, but no personal information are disclosed.
Google plans to update its movement reports every two or three days.
Reports show if more or fewer people go to shops, parks, pharmacies, subways, and offices.
The company explains that health officials said such data could be helpful in deciding how to combat the spread of the virus.
“For example, the over-concentration of people at traffic junctions may indicate the need for additional bus or metro lines to allow more space for people who have to travel because of social distance,” Google said.