They have, of course, repeatedly assured us that this sort of intensive surveillance never happens and would never happen in the U.S.:
A data broker shared billions of “highly sensitive” phone-location records with the Washington D.C. government last year that revealed how people moved about the city, public records show.
Third party data brokers know they are questionable and sleazy, and their intent of providing data for “Covid tracking” was, they though, a good plan to make them look responsible. Oops.
How this works: numerous apps on your phone collect location data and then provide it, for a small reimbursement, to third party data brokers. Even if Google were not tracking and collecting this data, if you have apps on your phone that use location data, there is a good chance those apps are collecting this data anyway.
The data has been used to track whether or not a business is busy – such as after public health restrictions were put in place. In other words, it is part of our 24×7 surveillance society where everything we do is tracked in real time, and at some point, we may be held to account for having walked down the wrong street.
I have written numerous posts on my Coldstreams Business and Tech blog about smart phone tracking for Covid contact tracing – and found, since day one, that such applications were essentially useless.