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British officials tell ad firm to stop using hi-tech trash cans to monitor smartphone users

0. phoneArena 13 Aug 2013, 03:19 posted on

Officials in Britain have asked an advertising firm to stop using hi-tech trash cans to monitor smartphone usage in the country's financial district; the Renew ad firm has been using these hi-tech trash receptacles to measure Wi-Fi signals used by smartphone users. The data picked up by the ad firm includes each handset's serial number and signal strength...

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posted on 13 Aug 2013, 03:25

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Hey Alan you made a typo for officials.

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 03:30 2

3. Alan01 (Posts: 424; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)

I guess I had something in my i's.


posted on 13 Aug 2013, 03:27 5

2. Alexa (Posts: 20; Member since: 24 Oct 2008)

data snooping..everybody seems to be doing this these days without getting permission from the public. This is violation of the right to privacy...

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 04:40

4. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

Trash cans too!? Is nothing sacred anymore!?!

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 07:05

5. darkkjedii (Posts: 23650; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Wowwww PRIVACY is now spelled PUBLICLY

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 13:45

6. zennacko (Posts: 237; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)

Who needs triangulation and GPS estimations when you can be pinpointed by a trash can you just passed by just like a "checkpoint" ? NSA would LOVE that idea, that is, if the trash cans in the US didn't have that already, of course.

What's next, spy pigeons? Targeted ads on your toilet?

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