Skip to comments.A Lesson From Ukraine On Cell Phone Metadata
Posted on 01/24/2014 2:40:59 PM PST by Theoria
Today, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych promised to reshuffle his government and release protesters from jail.
Its a big step forward for protesters in Kiev who have filled the streets since November 21, when the presidents cabinet announced that it would abandon an agreement to strengthen ties with the European Union, and instead seek closer cooperation with Moscow.
The protests have been mostly peaceful, but after violent clashes on Sunday that killed several protesters, something strange happened on Tuesday. A chilling text message showed up on cell phones in Ukraine earlier this week.
Dear Subscriber, it read, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance. It was interpreted by those who received it as an Orwellian warning to protesters whod clashed with riot police in Kiev.
Presumably, the recipients were identified because their cell phone data showed theyd been in the area of the protests. That same kind of data is routinely requested and received by U.S. law enforcement agencies.
(Excerpt) Read more at hereandnow.wbur.org ...
Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.
It’s called big data, it’s a whole industry.
New world order thanks you for voluntarily carrying around their tracking device.
“...voluntarily carrying around their tracking device...”
And think about it - all this time, people were worrying about forcibly-implanted RFID chips...
Hit OFF switch. Then wrap in aluminum foil.
Dear Subscriber: You are registered as a participant at a TEA Party Rally because Cell tower triangulation data indicates you were within 100 feet of ......
Dear Subscriber: You are registered as a gun owner because cell tower triangulation placed you in or near a gun store for more than four minutes on ......
Dear subscriber: Turn yourself into the nearest police official immediately: Cell phone tower data indicates you were going 40 mph in a 35 mph zone.
Dear Subscriber.: Turn yourself into the nearest police official immediately. Cell phone tower triangulation indicates that you were present or nearby when a mugging / robbery / killing etc. occurred.
Yepper, I’m every bit as scared of Google as I am of NSA.
One of many reasons I love my LG VX-8300 flip phone with no data access or GPS. It’s built like a rock and I have a spare for backup if it breaks. I’ll never get one of those God cursed smart phones.