Be careful with the toys you play with... and the "tools" you use...

"Smart Phones" and GPS can be dangerous to your Privacy and Freedom...


Sunday March 27, 2011 New York Times article:

Tracking your every move, by cell phone companies

....Excerpt from the article...

"Cellphone companies do not typically divulge how much information they collect, so Mr. Spitz went to court to find out exactly what his cellphone company, Deutsche Telekom, knew about his whereabouts.

The results were astounding. In a six-month period — from Aug 31, 2009, to Feb. 28, 2010, Deutsche Telekom had recorded and saved his longitude and latitude coordinates more than 35,000 times. It traced him from a train on the way to Erlangen at the start through to that last night, when he was home in Berlin.

Mr. Spitz has provided a rare glimpse — an unprecedented one, privacy experts say — of what is being collected as we walk around with our phones. Unlike many online services and Web sites that must send “cookies” to a user’s computer to try to link its traffic to a specific person, cellphone companies simply have to sit back and hit “record.”

“We are all walking around with little tags, and our tag has a phone number associated with it, who we called and what we do with the phone,” said Sarah E. Williams, an expert on graphic information at Columbia’s Architecture School. “We don’t even know we are giving up that data.”

Tracking a customer’s whereabouts is part and parcel of what phone companies do for a living. Every seven seconds or so, the phone company of someone with a working cellphone is determining the nearest tower, so as to most efficiently route calls. And for billing reasons, they track where the call is coming from and how long it has lasted.

“At any given instant, a cell company has to know where you are; it is constantly registering with the tower with the strongest signal,” said Matthew Blaze, a professor of computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania who has testified before Congress on the issue."


Consumer/Citizen beware: Your "Right to Privacy" is/was guaranteed in our U.S.A. Constitution...

Teachers, students, parents, everyone needs to know about this important issue...



There are some good organizations that keep track of these kind of Privacy and Security issues...

One group is EFF: The Electronic Frontier Foundation... http://www.eff.org/


Update from February 11, 2015

The United Nations is also addressing this problem internationally, because the internet is worldwide...

This is the introduction from the article link:

"With over 3,500 participants, many of them directly tuning in online, the Ninth Annual Meeting of the United Nations-backed Internet Governance Forum (IGF) concluded in Istanbul today (Sept. 5, 2014) after tackling key issues that “may determine the evolution of the Internet."

"We have worked together to contribute to fostering a trustworthy cyberspace that promotes peace and security, enables economic and social development and respects human rights,” said Vyacheslav Cherkasov, Senior Governance and Public Administration Officer at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA)"


Update from February 11, 2015

Anthem Blue Cross Hack

San Jose Mercury News from February 5, 2015

Here are some questions and answers about the huge data breach at Anthem, the nation's second-largest health insurer.


Q: What happened?

A: Hackers stole data on up to 80 million current and former Anthem health care customers, including names, birth dates, Social Security and medical ID numbers, email addresses, street addresses, telephone numbers and employment data , including income. Credit card and medical data are not believed to have been affected.


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