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As the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly spread, global communities have begun to take action to give a response such as the introduction of social distance into practice. In this regard, Google recently announced COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports to assist policymakers and researchers in this ongoing process.

There is no doubt that Google has the most accurate data about a person’s location. As Google reported on February 6 this year, over a billion people around the world use Google Maps to navigate the places where they live and travel. These massive assets are now enlightening researchers and policymakers as mobility reports battles against COVID-19. Navigation reports include a huge amount of tracking anonymous data on the movements of people around the world. It was launched to 131 countries with local data and shows how people move around cities while getting location data.

For the United States, Google data breaks down states by states and shows specific parts of people’s daily lives such as retail and entertainment, parks, transit stations, and workplaces. For example, Google’s California-based tracking tracking data shows a 50% decrease for retail and entertainment venues, 38% for parks, 54% for transit stations such as bus or train stations, and a 39% decrease for workplaces as of March 29- “Likewise , Constant visits to hubs may indicate the need to add additional buses or trains to allow people who need to travel to spread to social distance. Ultimately, understanding not only whether people are traveling, but also directions to destinations, can help officials to Design guidelines for health protection General and basic needs of the communities, “published in the Code, where Google announced mobility reports.

There may also be some questions about the privacy of the data that Google uses for navigation reports, “For these reports, we use differential privacy, which adds artificial noise to our data sets enabling high-quality results without identifying anyone. Statistics are generated with anonymous and anonymous collections of data Of users who have turned on Location History, which is turned off by default, “Google adds.

Unlike Google, there are some other examples as well to track people’s movement data. Previously, as a similar example in the European Union, the European Commission had tended to telecom companies to deliver anonymous and aggregated site data to model COVID-19 propagation. It stated that “the committee started a discussion with mobile operators about providing aggregated and anonymous mobile phone location data.”

We hope these efforts are an elegant response to reduce the effects of COVID-19. Note that Google’s navigation reports will be available for a limited time, as long as public health officials find them helpful in their work to stop the spread of COVID-19 as reported by Google.

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