Using location data to combat the coronavirus pandemic invokes privacy concerns, and it might not even be situations where effective.
The use of location tracking to combat the novel coronavirus–by checking to see if beings are maintaining a safe distance from each other, for example–has gained friction in recent weeks. Three weeks ago, it was reported that the White House was in active talks with Facebook, Google, and public health experts about using spot data obtained from customers’ telephones. This past weekend, two data firms established just how that tool might work by tracking location data from the phones of springtime breakers and others who toured a beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in March and posting the map on Twitter.
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