Saturday, March 26, 2011

Is Your Cell Phone Company Tracking You?

Your cell lphone checks in with the boss every 7 seconds. Is your cell phone company saving this data? You have to see the six month interactive map of this citizen's movement in Germany day by day month by month. Click the "traced him" link to see the map.

The question is, how can you prevent this if you need to?

Amplify’d from

It’s Tracking Your Every Move and You May Not Even Know

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.


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