95% of mobile phone users leave location data more unique than fingerprints
One important point to understand is that this study was done before the smartphone became part of everyone's daily arsenal. It also was done in the days before App Stores and apps that required your location. Apps like Twitter, Foursquare and Facebook to name a few, use geo-tagging. This data not only allows you to use certain features of these applications,it also helps advertisers focus a specific campaign on a certain area. It's all benign to be sure, but there is always the fear of abuse. If this study is right, location data could some day provide the "aha" moment in a courtroom. And by the way, this was not a paper done by a couple of morons. This was a project developed by MIT and Belgium's Louvain University.
source: Nature.com, FastCompany via textually.org
1. Gtrav (Posts: 13; Member since: 31 Mar 2013)
Anything connected to the internet can be tracked pretty easily. Now we just make it easier to track us by giving our location with google 24/7.
6. lyndon420 (Posts: 1708; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
You are aware that you can opt out of all that in Google settings right?
2. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
This is scary... We won't feel free to move around soon!
4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5582; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Which was why all of the uproar ensued when it was learned that Apple was tracking iPhone users - without asking their permission or encrypting the data.
The same outrage applies for any app that tracks without getting explicit opt-in permission.
11. Rehankhan (Posts: 323; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Don't worry you can't be tracked in india
3. lyndon420 (Posts: 1708; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
10. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
When Apple is beneficiary you already know ... price is 20 times what it would be if it was otherwise because in cases of otherwise it becomes FRAND ...
5. JohnnyBravo (Posts: 105; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)
I think the scary part is that this research was done before the smartphone "boom." Can you imaging the acuracy now??
"your honor you can clearly see that John Doe went to Dunkin Doughnuts before walking to his ex-girlfriend's and hiding behind the bushes at 12:56pm. After taking a couple pictures of his ex laying near the pool he proceed to his near by Gamestop at exactly 28:54 later."
7. lyndon420 (Posts: 1708; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
And what if John Doe was just trying to get his phone back from his ex? Probably tired of paying her phone bill and simply just wants to give it back to the carrier so he can get on with his life. Then what? The c*nts are the ones who win in court...never the good guys.
9. Tux_Alan (Posts: 74; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)
Wierd how our privacy is slowly (some might say rapidly) eroding and we all accept and even acclaim it lol And law makers are focusing on harnessing their new power rather than protecting individuals... either there's eventually going to be a schism in that pattern in a clash or the midrange future will be heavily policed and our lives will never be the same again.... imagine when electronic wallets become the norm...
12. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
I dont see a problem with people seeing my location all the time. Im not a criminal, im not a MI6 spy, so what's the big deal? Geo tagging has helped my friend recover his stolen smartphone because the thief is an idiot who used the stolen phone right away, and many things like photos, location data are all auto-sent to a cloud storage used to track the thief down.
If you care so much about privacy, dont use the internet. The public can view my Facebook personal info easily without adding me, including birth date and photos, except mail and phone number. I dont see a problem with that.
13. DoorHandle (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Apr 2013)
Take a look at how a tech startup mydoorhandle.com has helped African communities in informal areas use GPS technology on their mobile devices to get and share proper street adresses with eachother.