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US officials are using location data from mobile ads to map the spread of Covid-19

March 30, 2020

Via: TechSpot

Earlier this month, there were reports that talked about the US government’s intention to work with tech firms on tracking the coronavirus pandemic. This meant that authorities could use everyone’s phone location data in studying the spread of the virus, which naturally raised a lot of privacy concerns.

According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, the actual focus of the project is to track Americans’ movements using location data collected from mobile ads, instead of relying on data from carriers. The efforts are also coordinated by academics at universities like Harvard, Princeton, and Johns Hopkins.

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