Data Proves Companies Store And Monitor Phone Information

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One file holding 50 billion location pings showed how companies monitor user data.

Companies are monitoring where users are by capturing locations and storing them in massive data files, according to The New York Times.

The data file contained movements from tens of millions of people. The file contained 50 billion location pings from more than 12 million people in the United States. The data was from 2016 and 2017.

The data did not discriminate in who it monitored. It contained information from normal people in Manhattan on their way to work to Johnny Depp, Tiger Woods, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The data contained in the file was collected from a location data company. These companies slip software onto mobile phone apps to monitor locations.

The issue is that Americans have essentially been tracked since the smartphone revolution without their consent. The corporations that control this data work in silence selling the data and monitoring the daily activities individuals partake in.

“The seduction of these consumer products is so powerful that it blinds us to the possibility that there is another way to get the benefits of the technology without the invasion of privacy. But there is,” said William Staples, founding director of the Surveillance Studies Research Center at the University of Kansas. “All the companies collecting this location information act as what I have called Tiny Brothers, using a variety of data sponges to engage in everyday surveillance.”

A data file containing billions of location pings from Americans shows how smartphones contribute to spying on users.

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