Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai questioning the company’s new COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports.
The reports involve the publication of anonymized and aggregated location data for individuals in 131 countries and regions to show movement trends.
The lawmakers are skeptical that the program would be able to fully ensure the privacy of user data, particularly in light of location data often revealing other personal data, such as home addresses, places of work, and religious affiliations.
The senators questioned Pichai around whether Google planned to share the personal data with specific governments or research groups, if Google planned to describe the data in more detail than just the country it was from, and what guidance the company had provided to health care providers on how to interpret the data.