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When anything big happens on the Internet, the criminals and snoops are not far behind. This time the event is Pokemon Go and there are all kinds of different threats developing in its wake from malware to tracking to physical danger. I you are not familiar with this game yet just look around next time […]

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In two separate cases recently Uber has, or has talked about, abusing its information about their customer’s movements. First a Buzzed reporter Johana Bhuiyan was told that she was tracked on the way to a meeting by Josh Mohrer, general manager of Uber New York. Next Emil Michael, SVP of business for Uber, talked at […]

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A federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled that there is an expectation of privacy in cell tower location information, and therefor it is protected by the Fourth Amendment. This runs counter to other recent rulings that allow access to the information without a warrant under the Stored Communications Act. The recent ruling relies on precedent […]

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Google’s Location History Browser Is A Minute-By-Minute Map Of Your Life | TechCrunch TechCrunch has a nice article on the location tracking of Android based devices. It is an “opt in” thing, but I suspect that most people are robo-approving all the questions they are asked when they are trying to get their new phones […]

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ArsTechnica has a nice article on a recent ruling by the US Fifth Circuit court of appeals. In this 2-1 decision, the court ruled that cellular location information is not covered by the fourth amendment, and does not require a warrant. The logic behind this ruling is that the information is part of business records […]

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Publicly accessible Wi-Fi geolocation databases enable tracking of individual laptops and cell phones.

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Cameras and smart phones capture your location, but some sharing sites strip that information out. Also a link to an interview I did on this.

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This Blog has an interesting article and link to the website of a german newspaper article (translated here). The story is about a german politician Malte Spitz who sued to obtain the retained cell tower records for his own phone, then provided them to the newspaper. The newspaper has created a nice map and timeline tool […]

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