U.S. government, tech industry discussing ways to harness location data to combat coronavirus

Here we go again. I stepped away from this bat S***T crazy world back in late 2018.  33 years ago the stock market crashed in the year 1987. Once again for those paying any attention will know 33 is a reoccurring number. This current corona virus situation did not occur out of thin air, this was a planned “Pearl Harbor” like scenario created as a cover for the economic downturn, shelter in place policies, and again bailing out the damn banking system and Wall Street. Even read gambling corporations are going to receive some form of a bailout payment. My hypothesis is the “Shelter in Place”, businesses closing down, schools and universities shuttering their doors and social distancing  policies are keeping people from protesting the bailouts by using deception and fear of a pandemic that at this time seems to be a low level health threat.  Guaranteed their will be more government legislation in the coming weeks that will strip constitutional rights from individuals.  Will Trump be the “Last President”  or will we witness a Biden/Hillary ticket in the fall? Anything is possible when the world is your stage and the men and women are merely actors.

“Source: Seattle Times

WASHINGTON – The U.S. government is in active talks with Facebook, Google and a wide array of tech companies and health experts about how they can use data gleaned from Americans’ phones to combat the novel coronavirus, including tracking whether people are keeping one another at safe distances to stem the outbreak.

Public-health experts are interested in the possibility that private-sector companies could compile the data in anonymous, aggregated form, which they could then use to map the spread of the infection, according to three people familiar with the effort, who requested anonymity because the project is in its early stages.

Analyzing trends in smartphone owners’ whereabouts could prove to be a powerful tool for health authorities looking to track coronavirus, which has infected more than 180,000 people globally. But it’s also an approach that could leave some Americans uncomfortable, depending on how it’s implemented, given the sensitivity when it comes to details about their daily whereabouts.

In recent interviews, Facebook executives said the U.S. government is particularly interested in understanding patterns of people’s movements, which can be derived through data the company collects from users who allow it. The tech giant in the past has provided this information to researchers in the form of statistics, which in the case of coronavirus, could help officials predict the next hotspot or decide where to allocate overstretched health resources.

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