Google is working with UK researchers to track coronavirus cases using location data. Google is collaborating with academics from the University of Southampton in the UK, who in turn are working with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, according to several people involved in the project.
The data collected from apps such as Google Maps, shared in an aggregated and anonymised format, are being used to analyse relationship between travel patterns and transmission rates. The location data can’t be used to track an individual person; rather, it shows broad patterns of move.
A researcher said they were “simulating what might happen if countries don’t end their lockdowns in a coordinated way”.