Apple on Tuesday to help government and health care officials declare it is sharing mobility data from Apple Maps. Using this data official agency will help provide insight into the spread of COVID-19.
Why did Apple release the user mobility data trend tool?
To help alleviate the impact of COVID-19, Apple released user’s mobility data trends from Apple Maps. This data sharing will be time limited.
While protecting your privacy, we are sharing aggregated mobility data from Apple Maps to help public health authorities learn how people travel in their communities and to provide valuable insights to stop the spread of COVID-19. Stay safe and healthy! https://t.co/Nok77HKIXN
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 14, 2020
COVID-19 the respiratory disease has turned everything upside down. Due to this rapid spread many cities and countries have imposed lockdown and several tech events have been cancelled. To help deal with this situation silicon giants are doing what they can.
In this endeavour, they are even coming up with a contact tracing app.
How does this data help mitigate COVID-19?
This mobility data can provide insights to authorities about how people are moving i.e. are they driving, walking, using public transport or using any other mode of transportation. Using this collected data from 63 countries and regions, the government can know the change in the volume of people using a specific mode of commutation.
Here’s how the mobility trends graph looks:
Is Apple the first one company to take such an initiative?
Before Apple, earlier this month Google already shared similar data that will help know about people’s movement charts.
How is the information generated?
The information is produced by counting the number of requests made to Apple Maps for directions. This collected data is then compared to identify a change in the volume of people using different modes of commutation.
What about user’s data privacy?
The company says mobility data is not linked with the user’s Apple ID this means no one will be able to know about the user’s identity. Moreover, Apple does not store the user’s location history.
To learn more about COVID-19 mobility trends, visit apple.com/covid19/mobility.
Silicon Valley giants are trying their best to aid agencies and help them control this situation. It’s just a matter of time that we will be able to take control over things, but before that, we all need to come together. Without one another’s help, we cannot fight it. When the two tech rivals can join hands and do whatever they can then why can’t we?
We are all in this together. Do share your lockdown stories with us and let us know what you think about the efforts taken by companies during these crises.