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Google using location data to show which states are taking social distancing seriously

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Invasion Of Privacy Or Necessary Data Collection? (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS) 

Each report will show population trends across six different categories: Retail and recreation, grocery and pharmacy, parks, transit stations, workplaces and residential.

In a blog post, Google explained that it’s able to calculate the changes in visits and length of stay at different places using the same kind of data it uses to show popular times for places in Google Maps.

The company said the reports are created with aggregated, anonymous data from users who have turned on the location history setting, which “is turned off by default.” Officials said in a blog post that it won’t be disclosing an individual’s location, contacts or movement.

Google said it plans to show the trends over several weeks, while the data available on the site will be from 48 to 72 hours prior. As of Friday, reports are available for 131 countries and all 50 states.

Google noted that the reports will only be available for a limited time, for however long as public health officials find them useful in stopping the spread of the new coronavirus.

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