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Coronavirus: Google will measure the effects of confinement

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Coronavirus: Google will measure the effects of confinement

Google will publish statistics from users' location data from around the world today to help public authorities assess the effectiveness of social distance measures against covid-19

The data, available on a website that can be accessed in 131 countries, will reveal the "general trends of movement in time and by geographic zone, in different categories of places, such as leisure spaces, food areas, pharmacies, parks, transportation points. , work centers and homes ", reports an article published on a blog of the American company.

"We will show trends for several weeks, in the form of increasing or decreasing the percentage of visits," says the article signed by Google's director of geographic products, Jen Fitzpatrick, and Google Health's medical director, Karen DeSalvo.

"We hope that the reports will help in making decisions about how to manage the covid-19 pandemic", highlights the text.

"To protect people's private lives, no personally identifiable information, such as a person's location, contacts or movements, will be made available," guarantees the technology giant.

To prevent any attempt to identify a person in the data set, the company implemented a statistical technique called "differential confidentiality" that adds "noise" to the raw data, while retaining the actual statistics.

Recently, different technological projects have been launched around the world to fight the epidemic, especially with the use of location data from telecommunications operators to predict the spread of the virus and trace the path of sick people. Applications were also created to alert users to the approach of contaminated people.

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