MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. – Your phone is a moving target with a camera on you at all times. You know you’re being tracked, but exactly how bad is it? Really bad.
Think about it–our phones have GPS and “location” services that let Uber know where we are to show up with a car, Google Maps get us from one spot to the next, and Yelp give us reviews for our neighborhood.
From the moment we wake up to the moment we call it a day, our phone knows where we are, and that’s fine. It doesn’t bother me.
What happens if we lose the phone or delete an app that we longer want anything to do with? What’s there now?
Apple allows a tag for developers that puts a unique fingerprint on each device–it knows the operating system of the phone, the apps that were on it and the last wifi network we logged into. This tells the developer that the phone belonged to me–and not someone else who possibly stole it.
I think this is more information than any app developer really needs to know, and an invasion of my privacy. What are your thoughts?
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