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Opinion | Twelve Million Phones, One Dataset, Zero Privacy - The New York Times
'We identified people at political rallies and protests, in one case from 2016 we saw a Seattle-based Microsoft employee take a day off and visit Amazon's campus...when we found him on LinkedIn in 2019 he was an Amazon employee. Turns out his phone had given away his job interview. In recent months we’ve spoken with people we’ve found in the data. Their reaction is surprising — a blend of contradictory emotions like outrage and apathy. We don't have the language to talk about this stuff. And part of the reason is...we adopted this tech so fast.

A big takeaway from my experience with this reporting: This is the decade we were brainwashed into surveilling ourselves. In just over 10 years we were sold a future of personalization and convenience and paid for it with little pieces of ourselves that we can never get back.'
technology  privacy  surveillance  phones  mobile  location  location-tracking  tracking  geo 
9 weeks ago by jm
How to slow Google Sensorvault from tracking your location on iOS, Android - CNET Apr 2019
Not only is Google Maps tracking you, but a program called Google Sensorvault is potentially turning over your location data to law enforcement, according to a report from The New York Times. We'll show you how you make it more difficult for Google or at least not hand over the most granular data.
CNET  Google  surveillance  location-tracking  howto 
april 2019 by pierredv
Tracking Firm LocationSmart Leaked Location Data for Customers of All Major U.S. Mobile Carriers Without Consent in Real Time Via Its Web Site
LocationSmart, a U.S. based company that acts as an aggregator of real-time data about the precise location of mobile phone devices, has been leaking this information to anyone via a buggy component of its Web site — without the need for any password or other form of authentication or authorization — KrebsOnSecurity has learned. The company took the vulnerable service offline early this afternoon after being contacted by KrebsOnSecurity, which verified that it could be used to reveal the location of any AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon phone in the United States to an accuracy of within a few hundred yards.
locationsmart  verizon  sprint  t-mobile  att  brian-krebs  security  location-tracking  tracking  mobile  phones  location 
may 2018 by jm
Ukrainian police use cellphones to track protestors, court order shows
Protesters for weeks had suspected that the government was using location data from cellphones near the demonstration to pinpoint people for political profiling, and they received alarming confirmation when a court formally ordered a telephone company to hand over such data. [...] Three cellphone companies — Kyivstar, MTS and Life — denied that they had provided the location data to the government or had sent the text messages. Kyivstar suggested that it was instead the work of a “pirate” cellphone tower set up in the area. In a ruling made public on Wednesday, a city court ordered Kyivstar to disclose to the police which cellphones were turned on during an antigovernment protest outside the courthouse on Jan. 10.
tech  location-tracking  tracking  privacy  ukraine  cellphones  mobile-phones  civil-liberties 
january 2014 by jm
Now You Can Track Colleagues and Students on Your Laptop - Chronicle.com
"New location-tracking services may be a 'killer app' at academic conferences, if scholars don't mind some invasion of privacy"
privacy  jeff  young  GIS  location-tracking  Chronicle 
may 2009 by jschneider
FOIA docs show feds can lojack mobiles without telco help
‘As one of the documents intended to provide guidance for DOJ employees explains, triggerfish can be deployed "without the user knowing about it, and without involving the cell phone provider."’
from-bruce-schneier  mobile-phone  location-tracking  triggerfish 
december 2008 by aidan

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