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Google Not So Subtly Tracking Everyone During Covid-19 Panic


My Maps on Google has been utilized to track and publish reports based off data collected from "movement trends over time," according to Google's COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports.

It was already widely understood that our cell phones track where we go, but during the panic of COVID-19 this mobility report breaks down just how closely your phone pays attention to your movement.

Facebook and Google have also both made their GPS data available from users who leave location services turned on.

According to Google, the Community Mobility Report takes locations and displays and change in visitation to retail, recreation, grocery, and pharmacy.

The Google Mobility Report details the purpose of tracking peoples movement and publishing a report during nation wide lockdowns in place for social distancing and "flattening the curve."

"The reports chart movement trends over time by geography, across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential," according to Google.