The location tracking scandal: Do you feel anxious about your privacy (Poll results)
Most of you (that translates into 46.75%) voted that mobile companies shouldn't track their customers, claiming it's a privacy invasion. On the opposite side of the dispute are some 36.88% of our voters who say this privacy thing is nothing new under the sun - in fact, they claim we have known about it all along. Moreover, they state that the whole scandal was blown out of proportion. The minority of voters in this poll (16.36%) simply claimed that this scandal is alarming, but they have nothing to hide, so they are not particularly bothered by it.
1. Gawain (Posts: 375; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)
Again, the main reason why people are so chapped by this is because it bruises the delicate image they held of either Apple or Google or both. Devices have records some type of location/SID data for decades. The networks know what devices have been on which SID and when. The software tracks this too. IT ISN'T NEW.
If the government want to start tracking you, they don't go to Google or Apple to find you. They know how to do it, with or without a cell phone.
Apple and Google are in it for one thing: M-O-N-E-Y. They want too increase their exposure (and the other businesses) in order to sell YOU (and me) goods and services. The most sinister this gets is in the effort to separate you from your money.
2. bossmt_2 (Posts: 437; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
Goggle only tracks you if you allow it.
I think what this hurt Apple with is that there wasn't a definite time, it wasn't clear that you were consenting to this, and of course that it backedup your location data to your computer in an unprotected file. I think most people like the idea of getting tracked for most things. I like when I use my phone if I do a google search for pizza it uses my location to give me local suggestions, I like it but it gave me the choice.
4. Gawain (Posts: 375; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)
You need to get caught up on the findings. Android tracks you as well, even if you don't consent to the location tracking of specific apps. WSJ confirmed it and it is the contributing reason as to why Apple and Google were asked to testify before Congressional committee.
How the data is secured, used, etc, is certainly up for debate, but the reality is that this data being gathered and aggregated is done to further "integrate people's lives" to the nth degree.
6. bossmt_2 (Posts: 437; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
When you first sign up on your google phone it asks you if you want to use google location services. Now google did screw up location services with Buzz, which is their version of the Apple screwup.
9. followasmile (unregistered)
with EVERY android phone you activate you HAVE to either opt in or not for the location based services. For EVERY app you download, it tells you what it needs to access whether its your phone contacts, your photos, your location, etc. you have the OPTION of downloading or not downloading and opting in or out of whatever services you so choose. Just because people aren't reading the terms, doesnt mean that it is Google's fault.
people always use the excuse that they didn't know, but its their own fault if they don't read the terms and conditions. They are there for a REASON. If you accept without reading, you are still accepting everything that it states.
And just an fyi.. ALL cellphones have had GPS tracking chips in them as mandated by the federal government for emergancy purposes since about 2005. So its not like ANY of this is really news. Its just, once again, people arent paying any attention.
3. remixfa (Posts: 14178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
the difference is you have to ALLOW google to track you by hitting yes to a dozen "do you mind if google..." questions. Then they only tracked about a months worth of data, each location was only recorded once, and your information is randomized when its sent off.....
Apple gave you no choice, kept DETAILED information for a year, and tracked every location you went to, each time you went there, and did not randomize your info..
The google part is overblown as its volentary only. The apple part is a serious breach of personal security. And then Jobs denied and lied about it making it worse.
5. Alistair (Posts: 19; Member since: 16 May 2011)
Whats funny with people is that now since its public about apple, google, and maybe (big maybe) microsoft all have been tracking us, now they throw a fit. Oh wait agencies can track you and have been with or with out these companies permissions. Stories of agencies tracking and even state troopers in the norther U.S having skimmers that can steal your entire phone bank, contacts, messages, passwords, photos, and even things you thought had been deleted before they even ask for you license and registration. Your phone is on a open network just like the net and your info is fair game no different then on your computer or even on these great new super tablets. The fact of the matter is you are always tracked, you either need to face the fact that there isn't much you can do about it or we step up as a world and do something about it or just decide to go off the grid. Until that time "los hermano grande" will do as it pleases while we rush out to stuff out eyes with more pixel density and blazing proccessors so much that we are distracted from the bigger things in life going on. Well world you can complain all you want but at the end of the day you are part of the problem or you are part of the solution take your pick, i guarantee the right choice won't be most peoples first.
7. Libra1985 (Posts: 47; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
............i missed what the big deal is............................... -_-
10. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
If people researched the Edward Ates case (The Too Fat to Kill Defense), the prosecutor was able to show that Edward Ates was at the scene of the crime based on the location of his cell phone.
If you want to use a cellphone -- you give up a significant amount of privacy. People have to decide what is more important in their lifes: Privacy or Cellphone usage.
11. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
Apple and google should pay for what they've done. How dare they track my location. I value my privacy to the highest level. They have no right to track their users.
Now excuse me. I need to check in my location on Facebook, and I also need to use my phone to locate me to search for the nearest atm and the nearest gas station and the nearest thai restaurant from where I'm at. So stop tracking me, bwahahahahahaha.