Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg denied reports that it plans to share smartphone location data with the US government to help health authorities track and understand the spread of coronavirus infections, reports AdExchanger.

According to the post, “Zuckerberg refuted that Facebook is talking about handing location data over to the government.

“Facebook does already have a disease prevention mapping tool that it launched last year, before COVID-19, which uses aggregated, anonymized and opted-in location data gathered from users to help health organizations identify how certain kinds of diseases are transmitted.

“But Zuckerberg, who said he’s working from home, just like the rest of Facebook employees and contractors, noted that the company isn’t looking to do anything further on the location data front right now, and that governments also aren’t asking Facebook to do so.”

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