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The US is using mobile ad data to track people's movements during coronavirus lockdown

Posted On: 30 Mar 2020   |   Posted By: Business Insider

The US is using mobile ad data to track people's movements during coronavirus lockdown

The US is setting up a system to study where people are moving and congregating during the coronavirus pandemic, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Sources told the Journal that federal and state governments are using location data gleaned from the online advertising industry.
The data is anonymized, so authorities are studying general population movement rather than tracking individuals.
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The US has started using anonymized mobile phone location data to study the spread of the coronavirus, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Sources familiar with the project told the Journal the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state governments have already started to receive analysis based on this location data about where people are congregating.
The goal, for now, is to find out which places are still drawing crowds and could become hotbeds for the virus to spread. One source gave an example where researchers had found people were gathering in Prospect...

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