GeoTracking ...

Discussion in 'Security, Privacy & Anonymity' started by Michael Scally MD, Jan 9, 2019.

  1. Michael Scally MD

    Michael Scally MD Doctor of Medicine

    The bounty hunter did this all without deploying a hacking tool or having any previous knowledge of the phone’s whereabouts. Instead, the tracking tool relies on real-time location data sold to bounty hunters that ultimately originated from the telcos themselves, including T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint, a Motherboard investigation has found. These surveillance capabilities are sometimes sold through word-of-mouth networks.
  2. T-Bagger

    T-Bagger Member

    I can’t “like” this because it pisses me off.
  3. Urgentfury12

    Urgentfury12 Member Supporter

    This is the kind of shit that really pisses me off. I can’t stand phones, cameras everywhere, everything is recorded. The nanny state must die.
  4. T-Bagger

    T-Bagger Member

    There’s more truth to the Bourne movies and The Blacklist than most would ever care to admit.
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  5. Michael Scally MD

    Michael Scally MD Doctor of Medicine

  6. Michael Scally MD

    Michael Scally MD Doctor of Medicine

    VERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY, everywhere on the planet, dozens of companies — largely unregulated, little scrutinized — are logging the movements of tens of millions of people with mobile phones and storing the information in gigantic data files. The Times Privacy Project obtained one such file, by far the largest and most sensitive ever to be reviewed by journalists. It holds more than 50 billion location pings from the phones of more than 12 million Americans as they moved through several major cities, including Washington, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

    Each piece of information in this file represents the precise location of a single smartphone over a period of several months in 2016 and 2017. The data was provided to Times Opinion by sources who asked to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to share it and could face severe penalties for doing so. The sources of the information said they had grown alarmed about how it might be abused and urgently wanted to inform the public and lawmakers.

    After spending months sifting through the data, tracking the movements of people across the country and speaking with dozens of data companies, technologists, lawyers and academics who study this field, we feel the same sense of alarm. In the cities that the data file covers, it tracks people from nearly every neighborhood and block, whether they live in mobile homes in Alexandria, Va., or luxury towers in Manhattan.

    One search turned up more than a dozen people visiting the Playboy Mansion, some overnight. Without much effort we spotted visitors to the estates of Johnny Depp, Tiger Woods and Arnold Schwarzenegger, connecting the devices’ owners to the residences indefinitely.

    If you lived in one of the cities the dataset covers and use apps that share your location — anything from weather apps to local news apps to coupon savers — you could be in there, too.

    If you could see the full trove, you might never use your phone the same way again.
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  7. master.on

    master.on Member

    Why waste money on bounty hunters?
    What about booty hunters?
    How hot girls can $300 get you?