US officials using mobile ad location data to study coronavirus spread
US officials are using cellphone location data from mobile advertising Industry – No data from self-carrier – for tracking American movements During the outbreak of the covid-19.
Centers -With state and local governments for the control and prevention of diseases Cellphone data has been received about people in the “Geographical Interests,” areas, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The goal is to create a state-of-the-art portal with geographical location Some “500 cities”, to assess how people are dealing with home-made quarantines Orders.
A successful attempt at this effort came when researchers New York City Park, and officially discovered a large gathering of people Notified local authorities.
Even using anonymous data raises many privacy concerns, and workers demand limits on how the data can be used for other purposes, WSJ Says.
However, the United States is not the first to do so. In the EU, mobile carriers Data has been shared with health authorities in Italy, Germany and Austria. Israel has allowed the use of cellular location data to detect viruses The New York Times.
China’s tracking system and Taiwan’s e-fence alert both personnel that when Quarantine is far from home. South Korea used mobile phones location to map COVID-19 patients in a bid to show how people are exposed.
Cellular carriers in America has not been asked to provide location data to the government.
However, the Washington Post reported March 17 that tech companies like Facebook and Google are in talks with the federal government about location statistics by phone.