Can companies like Google, Apple, Facebook that have data on peoples locations share general overview of reduction of people's movement?
As we are all asked to minimize our activity and in many cities asked to avoid leaving home I am wondering if it is within privacy ethics for companies like Google to share the reduction of movement they've noticed in peoples GPS location to give feedback that we are indeed contributing towards a successful effort? A healthy competition could initiate out of this between neighborhoods, towns, cities (at least within USA) to encourage limiting our activity and practicing social distancing. Not one particular's location would be shared but rather the overal graphic showing reduction in driving, walking, and travel in general as we all know they have a good picture of this :)
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If Snapchat is able to implement their "heat map" feature I do not see why some level of city level movement reporting would not be allowed. Maybe I am not thinking about a sensitive aspect of this. Intent of healthy competition can quickly turn into cyberbullying, that's one big drawback I see.
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While not relying on common news outlets, who can confirm the progress of social distancing. From my living room I can only confirm that my immediate people I am in touch with are also taking similar measures, but am a bit uncertain if the general population is following as well.