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Itís Tracking Your Every Move and You May Not Even Know
New York Times ^ | March 26, 2011 | NOAM COHEN

Posted on 03/26/2011 3:19:40 PM PDT by decimon

A favorite pastime of Internet users is to share their location: services like Google Latitude can inform friends when you are nearby; another, Foursquare, has turned reporting these updates into a game.

But as a German Green party politician, Malte Spitz, recently learned, we are already continually being tracked whether we volunteer to be or not. 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.”

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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.

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(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Front Page News; Germany; Government
KEYWORDS: bigbrother; cellphones; mobile; privacy; surveillance; tracking
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Everybody look what's goin' down.
1 posted on 03/26/2011 3:19:42 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

Take the battery out.


2 posted on 03/26/2011 3:22:14 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: mylife

Haow about a wee Faraday cage?


3 posted on 03/26/2011 3:25:56 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: decimon

Be mindful of this and don’t take your phone with you while you are going to a location that you don’t want someone - anyone to know.


4 posted on 03/26/2011 3:26:14 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: Army Air Corps

Haow = How


5 posted on 03/26/2011 3:26:41 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

Yup


6 posted on 03/26/2011 3:27:24 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: decimon
That's why I leave my cell phone at home when I go down to the orphanage with my trusty axe.

/johnny

7 posted on 03/26/2011 3:28:32 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: decimon

1. Slip the battery cover off.
2. Remove battery.
3. Exhale.


8 posted on 03/26/2011 3:28:43 PM PDT by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: decimon
Dain bramage.....:Work

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Dainbramage:......Home

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Dain bramage:....Beer Store

Dain bramage.....Home

Dain bramage:....Work...............

9 posted on 03/26/2011 3:31:05 PM PDT by DainBramage
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To: struggle

Thank you. Seriously. Good to know.


10 posted on 03/26/2011 3:33:00 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: taxcontrol
Be mindful of this and don’t take your phone with you while you are going to a location that you don’t want someone - anyone to know.

What if you frequent legitimate establishments in proximity to illegitimate ones? Might someone draw inference from that?

11 posted on 03/26/2011 3:35:04 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

This stuff like Google Earth is bizarre; I entered my address in Google something and there were pictures of the front and both sides of my house. Crazy...

They say you’d also be shocked how many times in a given day you’re recorded on security cameras while on the sidewalk/street.


12 posted on 03/26/2011 3:35:58 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: decimon

This is great news for private investigators who will more than likely figure out how to access this information - like what hotel room you are in and if there is another persons cell phone almost on top of your cell phone, etc.

How long before cell companies start selling this data? Stalkers will be thrilled - the possibilities are endless.


13 posted on 03/26/2011 3:40:12 PM PDT by unique
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To: unique
...like what hotel room you are in and if there is another persons cell phone almost on top of your cell phone...

Me top man!


14 posted on 03/26/2011 3:56:26 PM PDT by FReepaholic (Pray for Japan.)
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To: listenhillary

Ping.


15 posted on 03/26/2011 3:57:16 PM PDT by Normal4me
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To: decimon

I always send my cellphone in the opposite direction whilst I’m engaging in illicit journeys. It took a while to train it, but was worth the effort.


16 posted on 03/26/2011 3:59:28 PM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: taxcontrol

“Be mindful of this and don’t take your phone with you while you are going to a location that you don’t want someone - anyone to know.”
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Uhhh, don’t have a cell phone with your name attached to it.
Is that not possible in the USSA?


17 posted on 03/26/2011 4:04:04 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: taxcontrol

Exactly.


18 posted on 03/26/2011 4:05:22 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: FReepaholic

19 posted on 03/26/2011 4:08:37 PM PDT by I see my hands (Embrace misanthropy)
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To: DainBramage

That looks suspiciously like a domestic terrorist travel pattern. Expect DHS to be checking up on you.


20 posted on 03/26/2011 4:10:14 PM PDT by listenhillary (Social Justice is the epitome of injustice.)
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