Eye Spy….

As we become more and more reliant on our mobile devices to keep us in contact with the world—we are opening ourselves up to more and more observation by everyone from the government to retailers.

One of the emerging issues of the 21st century is sure to be locational privacy.

Here’s just a few examples of how it’s been breached.

BE IT EVER SO HUMBLE, THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE ROAM…

When cell phones first hit the scene—the only “roaming” you had to worry about was the “roaming” charge incurred when you left the area served by your cell phone carrier.

Recently, researchers from Boston’s Northeastern University used cell phone data location transmission codes to track the movements of 100,000 folks to see how far away they roamed from their homes.

They conducted the study in Europe—because it’s illegal to intercept those signals in the U.S.

Various government officials in the United States have said how that kind of spying is illegal—and we shouldn’t worry.

But how are we to know that SOME government agency somewhere isn’t already spying on us like that—or prepared to track us in the name of “national security?”

WHO NEEDS TO BE A FLY ON THE WALL ???

It was 3 years ago, when word first broke the FBI was using cell phones to intercept conversations of Mafia members—thus giving the agency a “roving bug.”

Despite the fact the criminals turned off their cell phones, the FBI was able to remotely turn them on—activating the microphone on the phone.

That allowed the feds to record whatever was said near the phone.

When the FBI was finished—it turned the phones back off…

An archival version of that story detailing how the FBI went about it can be found here.

That bugging revelation prompted the creation of this video aimed at helping folks figure out if their cell phone is being bugged…

WHY AREN’T YOU ORDERING FRIES WITH THAT TODAY ??

It’s bad enough that retailers like supermarkets are using the “customer savings cards” to track our purchases— but now they want to track our movements with in the stores to find out why you’re NOT buying certain items.

The Prism system is going to be used by not only retailers like Wal-Mart—but by the Disney theme parks.

You can read more about it here.

And although the folks who are tracking us no doubt think this will be a great boon to retailing—the potential for mis-use of the technology is HUGE.

Not only are they rolling back prices—they’re rolling back our freedoms.

InstantEYE

My Zimbio

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