Google will lay out data on the movements of people to fight coronavirus

Google выложит данные о перемещениях людей для борьбы с коронавирусом

At the end of December 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan, an outbreak of pneumonia with a previously unknown pathogen. Later it turned out that this causative agent is a coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (formerly known as 2019-nCoV), which causes infection COVID-19, and supposedly passed down to man from the animal. Due to virus Huawei moved its conference for developers, the GSMA has canceled the MWC 2020, Facebook canceled the conference for developers of F8, a conference GDC 2020 moved. Now, global companies and public health authorities begin a joint action to combat coronavirus.

Google will publish the location data of its users worldwide. It is reported by the Informant Tech, citing a Google blog.

These measures will allow the countries to assess the effectiveness of measures on social distancing undertaken to combat the pandemic coronavirus infection COVID-19. Reports on the movements of the users in 131 countries will be available on a special web site and will “display the trend of displacement with time geography”. These reports will reflect “increases or decreases the percentage of visits” to places such as parks, shops, homes and places of work, and not “the absolute number of visits”. That is, the company will not disclose the exact number of users that visit parks, and their increase or decrease in percentage. “We hope these reports will help to resist пандемииCOVID-19” – said at Google.

As in the case of detecting congestion or to measure traffic in Google Maps, the new reports will use the “aggregated, anonymous” data from users who have activated their location history. “This information can help officials understand changes in the normal rhythm of the movements of people on the basis of which they will be able to form recommendations on working hours” – said the head of Google Maps Jen Fitzpatrick. The company assured that no personal information such as location, contacts, or move, will not get shared. The reports also will be used statistical method, which adds “artificial noise” to the raw data, making it difficult to identify users.

From China to Singapore and Israel government ordered to conduct electronic monitoring of the movements of its citizens, to limit the spread of the virus SARS-CoV-2, which has infected more than a million people and killed more than 50,000 people worldwide. In Europe and the United States technology companies have begun to share anonymous data on smartphones to better track the outbreak. Even the privacy-loving Germany is considering the use of smartphone apps to help deal with the spread of the disease, however, activists say that the authoritarian regimes use the cov as a pretext to suppress opposition and strengthen surveillance. But in liberal democratic countries, users fear that widespread data collection could harm the privacy and digital rights of citizens.

According to the latest data, the number of deaths from viral infection COVID-19, caused by a new type of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 to 53 975 persons, and the number of confirmed cases reached 1 026 974 people (245 573 are in the USA, 117 710 – Spain, 115 242 in Italy, 84 794 in Germany and 82 465 – in Germany). At the same 217 433 people have already cured of the deadly coronavirus. Everything that’s going on in China around coronavirus, can be read here. Also, the world health organization recognized the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 international emergency. About the spread of the coronavirus can be monitored on online platform of the Johns Hopkins University or online map of the NSDC of Ukraine. Details of the distribution COVID-19 can be read on the website of the world health organization and the website of the government of Ukraine, which is dedicated to the spread of the virus.