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Google to Restrict Gov’t Access to User Location Data Amid COVID-19

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Google said it would restrict the federal government’s access to its trove of location data from users and would not share such data within the industry as it looks for ways to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, The Hill reported Wednesday.

The company said in a statement Tuesday that it would not share "aggregate anonymized location data for this purpose as we are still assessing the best way to help.”

The U.S. government is in talks with technology companies and health professionals about possible ways to glean insights from smartphone location data to combat COVID-19.