Android phones keep location cache, too, but it's harder to access After this week's disturbing revelation that iPhones and 3G iPads keep a log of location data based on cell tower and WiFi base station triangulation, developer Magnus Eriksson set out to demonstrate that Android smartphones store the exact same type of data for its location services. While the data is harder to access for the average user, it's as trivial to access for a knowledgeable hacker or forensics expert. On Wednesday, security researchers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden revealed their findings that 3G-capable iOS devices keep a database of location data based on cell tower triangulation and WiFi basestation proximity in a file called "consolidated.db." The iPhone, as well as 3G-equipped iPads, generate this cache even if you don't explicitly use location-based services.
Privacy Advocate Gets 35,000 Points of Location from T-Mobile German Green party member and privacy advocate Malte Spitz wanted to see just how much data T-Mobile Germany was storing about him, so he went after T-Mobile, and after a legal back-and-forth, received 35,831 points of location information spanning as far back as six months (a time period mandated by local law). Of course, there are always services like Foursquare, Google Latitude, and BlackBerry Traffic that make explicit use of gathering and sharing location data, but it’s when that information is being stored without warning that folks might get a bit jumpy. Personally, I find there are only two situations where location data can be used practically by carriers for anything other than figuring out which cell tower you’re connecting two.
The Facebook Lawsuit That Wasn’t In The Movie « Above the Law: A Legal Tabloid - News and Colorful Commentary on Law Firms and the Legal Profession Thanks to Ben Mezrich, David Fincher, and Aaron Sorkin, we all feel like we know the backstory of the creation of Facebook (shameless plug: please like the ATL Facebook page). It goes something like this: Mark Zuckerberg was a shady little brat, who screwed over his one friend while he was building what would become a multi-billion-dollar company. Roll credits. iPhone Tracker application (plus a 32 bit version) If you haven’t heard yet, your iPhone creates a record of all the places you go, and the information is stored in a database on your computer whenever you sync with iTunes. See here for more information, and an application that will show you a map with all the locations you’ve ever visited with your iPhone: (Note: For a version that works on 32-bit Core Duo Macs, and one that runs on OS X 10.5 Leopard, see further down. For a Windows PC version, see right at the bottom of this post.) Here’s an example screenshot of the iPhone Tracker application:
Fitbit users are unwittingly sharing details of their sex lives with the world - TNW Industry Heard of Fitbit? Currently only available in the US, Fitbit’s tracker is a little gadget that automatically tracks data about a person’s activities, such as calories burned, sleep quality, steps and distance. Being based in the UK, I have yet to try Fitbit personally but from my understanding, users are also able to manually add details of their activity for moments when wearing a Fitbit tracker isn’t appropriate, like sex. Whether they know it or not, Fitbit users activity is set to public by default and a quick Google search provides a wealth of personal data about people’s sex lives.
Who is Neustar? Brad Stone at the New York Times reports on an industry group working on a new platform for portable digital movie downloads: The [Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem or DECE] is setting out to create a common digital standard that would let consumers buy or rent a digital video once and then play it on any device... Under the proposed system, proof of digital purchases would be stored online in a so-called rights locker, and consumers would be permitted to play the movies they bought or rented on any DECE-compatible device.[DECE is] selecting Neustar, a company based in Sterling, Va., to create the online hub that will store records of people’s digital purchases, with their permission. Most consumers have likely never heard of Neustar, yet the firm plays an important role in the telecommunications industry, and has built a highly profitable business faciliating the disclosure of information regarding consumers' communications to law enforcement and intelligence agencies. I doubt it.
What Location Tracking Looks Like Your cell phone company knows everywhere you go, twenty-four hours a day, every day. How concrete is this fact for you? It's very concrete for Malte Spitz, a German politician and privacy advocate. He used German privacy law — which, like the law of many European countries, gives individuals a right to see what private companies know about them — to force his cell phone carrier to reveal what it knew about him. The result? Zuckerberg's Goodfellas Anybody who got sucked into the glamour/darkness of the Facebook story that culminated in Aaron Sorkin 's The Social Network movie will probably be familiar with the name Paul Ceglia . Ceglia is the guy who filed a lawsuit last August claiming that he owns 50 percent of Facebook and, therefore, is entitled to 50 percent of the revenue. There were, however, reasons to seriously doubt Ceglia's claims. Facebook has understandably been keen to hammer the point that Ceglia is a convicted felon who allegedly defrauded customers of his wood pellet company of $200,000.
iPhone secretly tracks user location, say researchers News April 20, 2011 01:47 PM ET Computerworld - A pair of researchers have found that Apple iPhones and iPads track users' locations and store the data in an unencrypted file on the devices and on owners' computers. The data, which appears to have been collected starting with iOS 4, which Apple released last summer, is in a SQLite file on iPhones and iPads with 3G capability, said Pete Warden, the founder of Data Science Toolkit and a former Apple employee, and Alasdair Allan, a senior research fellow at the University of Exeter. The same file, named "consolidated.db," is also stored in the iOS backups made by iTunes on the Mac or Windows PC used to synchronize the iPhone or iPad. Twitter joke trial: Paul Chambers to take appeal to high court The case of a man convicted of "menace" for threatening to blow up an airport in a Twitter joke is to go to appeal at the high court. A senior human rights lawyer will lead a three-strong legal team for Paul Chambers, a former accounts manager in the motor trade, whose conviction in the so-called "Twitter joke trial" has become an international cause celebre. Dismissed as a foolish prank by almost everyone involved, including police officers and airport security staff, the 140-character threat has landed Chambers, 27, with a criminal conviction and fines and costs totalling over £3,000.
Mobile Surveillance - A Primer Share This Mobiles can be useful tools for collecting, planning, coordinating and recording activities of NGO staff and activists. But did you know that whenever your phone is on, your location is known to the network operator? Or that each phone and SIM card transmits a unique identifying code, which, unless you are very careful about how you acquire the phone and SIM, can be traced uniquely to you? Data Protection: Betrayed by our own data Mobile phones are tracking devices that reveal much about our lives. One look at our interactive map of data provided by the Green party politician Malte Spitz shows why. Speichern Drucken Twitter Facebook The end of Groklaw In a moment of pure selfishness, showing disregard and disrespect to the entire online technology community, the High Excuser for copyright theft herself, Pamela Jones, is closing down Groklaw. No, I don't mean it. Pamela Jones — PJ — has been running Groklaw for nearly eight years and, as the calendar strikes eight years exactly, will be shutting the doors and getting on with her life. On Saturday April 9, she posted "I have decided that Groklaw will stop publishing new articles on our anniversary, May 16". That's eight years of hard work, sweating over legal and technical details, and absorbing frequent ad hominems such as that sentence above.