May 8, 2021
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Google is watching you: Technology giant releases Wicklow travel stats as we trade work for home

If anyone was wondering whether the global technology giants were really watching our every move, the answer would appear to be yes.

Google has released information harvested from our devices which use its software, such as Google Maps on smart phones, to show the extent to which Covid-19 restrictions are changing our usual movements in Wicklow.

The latest report reveals how visits and length of stay at various locations have been altered when compared to before the restrictions were introduced.

Under its ‘Retail & recreation’, which includes shopping centres, cinemas and restaurants but not grocery stores and pharmacies, Wicklow has seen a 89% fall in visits.

‘Parks’ and public spaces have recorded a drop of 79%, while ‘Workplace’ has seen a fall of 53% and 76% for ‘Transit stations’.

Grocery stores and pharmacies, unsurprisingly, have seen the smallest drop at 40% while ‘Residential’ has increased by a dramatic 27% as people stay indoors inline with Government advice.

The figures in Wicklow are broadly similar to the National trends and Google has said it will continue to publish the information in the coming weeks and months as it claims that data can help combat the spread of Covid-19.

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