March 19, 2020
I’m sure they won’t ever misuse this data.
The federal government is in talks with Facebook, Google and other tech companies about ways to use smartphone location data to tackle the coronavirus, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
Washington is reportedly interested in using the data to better understand how the virus spreads and to see whether people are practicing social distancing.
A new task force made up of tech and other industry executives presented ideas for the use of the location data at a White House meeting Sunday, the Post reported. Presenters included officials from Harvard University and representatives from top tech groups and Silicon Valley firms.
The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment.
An unnamed OSTP official told The Washington Post that they were “encouraged by American technology companies looking to leverage, aggregate, anonymized data to glean key insights for COVID-19 modeling efforts.”
The meeting came on the heels of a summit led by U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios last week with federal agencies and executives from tech giants such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Amazon to hash out how Silicon Valley can help fight the spread of coronavirus.
“The White House’s top priority is ensuring the safety and health of the American people amid the COVID-19 outbreak,” Kratsios said in a statement following the meeting. “Cutting edge technology companies and major online platforms will play a critical role in this all-hands-on-deck effort.”
It’s maybe a bad precedent to allow the government to use this data, openly, as part of a social engineering experiment. Even if it is “anonymized,” it actually isn’t really, because you know who is in whose house. Meaning you can figure out who anyone is.
And yeah, I know that the NSA already has access to all of this, but it is different for the NSA to have it illegally and the feds to just collect it publicly.
I guess this is an example of never letting a good crisis go to waste.
Hilariously, Israel is doing the exact same thing.
But unlike in the West, the Jews identify it as a “slippery slope.”
Israel’s government has begun deploying cellphone-monitoring technology against the coronavirus pandemic, drawing criticism from the opposition and a rights group who called it a “dangerous precedent”.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet approved the emergency regulations – which came into effect on Tuesday – that will enable the Shin Bet internal security service to tap into cellular data to retrace the movements of people infected by the virus responsible for the disease, COVID-19.
In case you hadn’t noticed, Jews have a lot more freedom in their own countries than the Jews that run our countries give to us.