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Cell phone location data maps where people are social distancing — and not

Unacast grades states on social distancing How well are people adhering to recommendations on social distancing and staying at home to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus? Cellular device location data is providing some insights on that. Norwegian company Unacast, which is backed by...

Carriers pledge to limit aggregators’ access to customer location data

Following press investigations and congressional concern about leaks and improper use of consumer location data provided by mobile network operators, the national carriers have said that they are ending relationships with aggregators and/or will strictly limit aggregators' access to such information. Verizon, AT&T and Sprint...

Rethinking privacy in the age of Internet intimacy (Reality Check)

  Our desire for privacy is part of what makes us human. None of us likes to have our privacy invaded, whether from someone reading over our shoulder or a data breach. Every day we read stories about foreign government hacks and ads that follow...

Generation Wireless: On privacy, they doth protest too much

It has been said to let he who is without sin cast the first stone. If applied to privacy and snooping in the digital age, there would be very little stone chucking indeed. I have long been of the opinion that the concept of "privacy"...

Mobile privacy and security: How to make your phone untraceable

"We all carry a smartphone, we carry a tablet, we carry mobile devices and they're in our hands wherever we go. I want you to stop and think about that, it has two cameras on it, it has two microphones, it has GPS, it...

EMEA: Secure your data – German style

We all know that Germany takes its rules, process and privacy seriously. I’m not being sarcastic; I live here, so I can say this. And you know what, there are a lot of good things about this. It’s a safe country, people are true...

Big data and privacy: Facebook's Messenger missteps

Oh, Facebook. All it wanted was to shift people to a new Messenger app, and conveniently extend its reach in the ways that people can use it to communicate (Phone calls! Synced contacts! Texts! Voice messages!) and people freaked out over its large number of...

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