The data provided to people in the cell phones is being taken advantage of by the US to control the Covid-19 epidemic.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the US government is using location data from people’s mobile phones to combat the spread of Covid-19. This information is often provided to users by companies to receive advertising whenever a new product or service is available.
Data taken from smartphones will be analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and sent to local governments. Location data can show mobile phone users’ travel locations. From there, the government could identify outbreaks of Covid-19.
In addition, location data from the phone also gives the government the names of shops, parks and places where crowds of people congregate. The number of visits to the retail service and online orders of phone users is also displayed.
This valuable information can help the US government reduce the risk of Corona virus spread and control the economy.
Several companies in the US are allowing researchers to access and analyze their parameters to assist the government in repelling the Covid-19 epidemic.
LotaData in San Francisco, in addition to providing location data to local governments, is also working to help other countries around the world. They created a publicly accessible portal to analyze location data in Italy.
LotaData wants to help the authorities curb the outbreaks in their homeland and Italy – the country most affected by corona virus in Europe.
Providing user location data to the government is an effective solution to limit Covid-19 infection. However, the Wall Street Journal is also concerned that this approach might violate citizens’ privacy after the epidemic ends.