The US government thinks that fighting coronavirus requires spying on your phone’s data
03/20/2020 / By Michael Alexander
As it turns out, the United States government is looking at a new potential tool to be used in the fight against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic: Big Data.
In a report published Tuesday, The Seattle Times said that the federal government is currently in talks with tech conglomerates Facebook and Google, as well as other tech companies and public health experts, about potentially using data gathered from Americans’ phones in order to help combat the novel coronavirus. According to the report, among those to be explored is its potential capability to track whether people are keeping one another at safe distances to stem the outbreak.