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What Privacy?

February 23, 2010 20:20:58.733

Before I read the book Daemon, I really didn't think about my phone and privacy all that much:

At any given moment, it - and therefore your carrier - knows within a few feet exactly where you're standing. It knows when you're stationary or walking - and the direction you're heading. It knows who you stood next to on the transit bus, that you walked through Washington Square today when a political rally took place.

Mind you, Daemon is fiction - but many things could be done with the reams of location/activity data the typical smartphone has access to, and not all of them are good...

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posted by James Robertson

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