Apple is Making Use Of Data From Maps to Curb Coronavirus Spread

Apple is making use of data from maps to curb coronavirus spread, and the users don’t have to worry about their location data being stored with Apple itself

By April 16th, 2020 AT 9:57 AM
Highlights
  • Apple to use mobility data from maps
  • The reports are generated in around 63 countries
  • No data is going to be stored with Apple and the user’s privacy is protected

Apple has been actively participating in helping people at the time of the current global pandemic. The Cupertino giant has already donated over 20 million face masks to people in need and is manufacturing face shields designed by its team of own experts. Apple also helped Stanford Medicine by developing its first app so that the responders can screen the symptoms of COVID -19 and also if needed, schedule an appointment with a doctor for the same. Now, Apple is making use of data from Apple Maps to curb coronavirus spread by tracking the regions where people are proactively stepping out. This data will be available for public authorities to use for a limited amount of time only.

Apple Says Data Of Users is Completely Safe

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, said that there is no need to worry about personal data being recorded. Apple privacy policies are kept in mind, and the information which is shared is not connected with any user’s Apple ID. Maps will collect the mobility data which will be shared in the form of requests people make for routes on Maps.

Determining the number of route requests in a region, data will be produced. This will determine how many people are travelling and at what time these requests are coming in. Apple Maps will show everything from the number of people moving in a specific route, the mode of transport they are using, and the time at which they are stepping out.

Mobility Reports To Be Generated Throughout the World

Apple is generating mobility reports throughout the world. As of now, the data is being collected in all the major cities of the world and around 63 countries and regions. Apple using mobility reports doesn’t mean that a user’s travel history is being recorded, but the company is just using the number of requests generated in a particular region. Along with this, the numbers generated by the Maps is continually resetting so that no records of your movement history can be stored.

Chakri is a go-to guy for your next smartphone recommendation. Back in his engineering days, he used to play with smartphones by installing custom ROMs and that passion got him into the tech industry. He still goes nuts about a smartphone knocking his door for review. Currently managing everything at Telecom Talk, Chakri is trying to master PUBG Mobile in his free time.

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