iPhones Found to Track Your Movements, Keep Record
Security researchers have discovered that without any input from the user, iPhones permanently record the movements of their owners. Download an open-source app (Mac) here
to reveal your own geo history.
Surreptitious cell phone
Stalkers are no longer limited to just your call history. For a small fee and with a few minutes access to her cell phone the author was able to track his girlfriend's cell phone location within a hundred yards or so and the cell phone provides no trace that it was happening. Traceamobile.com
appears to be one site offering such a service. Mologogo
was discussed here previously but does not appear to be surreptitious. (Appears to be limited to UK for right now.)
Merry Christmas! Santa knows if you've been bad or good. The U.S. Department of Transportation wants to know where you're driving. Where you're driving, right this very minute, tracking you in real-time using GPS.
If the GPS signal is obstructed, your car's engine will turn off, Citizen!
Track any Java/GPS enabled phone through a convienent Google Maps based interface with mologogo
The Global Positioning System
is now commonly used for navigation in hundreds of ways worldwide. Some very innovative things
are now being done with the system beyond simply finding out where you are. However, according to this BBC story
, "emerging applications are being hampered by concerns that information from the global satellite network, which is run by the United States, could be switched off or restricted in the event of a security threat." Am I the only one worried about what will happen to all the hikers, rescue services, ships, small planes and geeks that would suffer if the network is switched off?
For Paranoid Parents everywhere
. A global satellite positioning wristwatch, in happy-happy day-glo colours, that you can security-clamp onto your kid's wrist
. Then, at your office terminal, you can find out exactlywhere they are
the 911 button. How about actually playing
with your kids, rather than launching them out into the urban wilderness, on a wireless tether? "Latch-key" takes on a whole new dimension.
The Day My Car Ratted Me Out.
Dear Winston Smith,
Your 1984 Corvette has informed us that over the past month, you have failed to obey the speed limit 36 times, at times reaching speeds exceeding 130 MPH. As A result, we feel that we can no longer provide you with coverage. We have also supplied this information to the proper authorities, their jackbooted thugs should be in your driveway momentarily. Thank you.
First it was the rental car companies, now it is GM and the Insurance companies. This is the top of a very slippery slope of privacy issues and technology, specifically GPS.
WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, and, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.
Big Brother is sorry, but all we have for you is a hatchback.
On the one hand, he knew full well that they were monitoring him. On the other, they took the money out of his account without his knowledge, which could have led to all sorts of problems. Inevitable progress, or invasive technology?