COVID-19: Google knows how well we’re social distancing in B.C.

Daniel Fowler
April 8, 2020

Also, it continues to spread in different parts of the world. The Community Mobility Reports are accessible to the public and are free to download.

In March, Google confirmed to CNN that it is exploring ways to use aggregated, anonymized data to aid in & # 39; the coronavirus effort, as first reported by the Washington Post. Well, it is the same data that is now being used to let health officials and administrations in which areas are crowded and which are not.

Most people are avoiding public places or venturing out in these times to adhere to the concept of social distancing.

In the mobility report, Google highlighted that location accuracy and the understanding of categorised places varies from region to region.

Mark Skilton, Director of the Artificial Intelligence Innovation Network at Warwick Business School in the United Kingdom, told CNN that this move "raises a key conflict between the need for mass surveillance to effectively combat the spread of coronavirus and the issues of confidentiality, privacy, and consent concerning any data obtained".

We'll show trends over several weeks, with the most recent information representing 48-to-72 hours prior.

"While we display a percentage point increase or decrease in visits, we do not share the absolute number of visits", the company said.

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According to the latest data, Kenyas have stayed 17% more at home compared to the baseline figure.

As can be seen from the graphs below, in the last few weeks there has been a dramatic drop in footfall to retail and recreation locations - 82%. They cover various public places including subway, transit stations, parks, grocery stores and workplaces against a corresponding day and time from a five-week period in January.

Visits to parks are, however, down by 57 percent, which would seem to indicate that people are still going there, albeit in lesser numbers.

The has been a drop of 74% to what are described as "transit stations" which includes bus stops and train stations.

The decrease at workplaces was noticed at -47% while there was 22% increase in residential areas, as people stayed home.

Google claims that it has followed stringent privacy policies while collecting the data, saying that no personally identifiable information, such as an individual's location, contacts or movement, will be made available to anyone.

Search engine giant Google on Monday said it will show the locations of food shelters and night shelters on Google Maps across cities in India to help people find these essential services during the ongoing lockdown.

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