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  • Not good. A broad interpretation of "phone owner" or "phone user" could potentially ban services that locate a phone after it has been stolen.
  • SnarfVader: Not good. A broad interpretation of "phone owner" or "phone user" could potentially ban services that locate a phone after it has been stolen.


    That's kinda what I thought. I'm all for companies not being able to track everything about me though. Maybe we can get congress to ban the state from using this kind of surveillance as well! (hahahahhahaahahhahahaha)
  • The Location Privacy Protection Act would make it illegal for companies to sell apps which provide the location of the phone to other users.

    I absolutely support this legislation. Could you imagine the chaos that would ensue if people were able to install any app they wanted on their phone, and use features that are useful to them but not necessarily everybody?

    I'm at odds here, because the Republican in me says that we need more government intrusion into our private lives, but the Libertarian and Apple Fanboy in me are saying that we should leave this kind of intrusion up to private enterprise instead of relying on the government.

    / Seriously, if you don't want your phone tracking you, turn off location services and don't install sketchy stalking apps.
  • What? Actually talk to a girl? Nope, uh-uh, ain't gonna happen.

    /I'm scared
  • How am I supposed to keep track of my ex?
  • SnarfVader: Not good. A broad interpretation of "phone owner" or "phone user" could potentially ban services that locate a phone after it has been stolen.


    Or locating kids, the elderly, or other missing persons.
  • Anything that helps us get rid of Facebook is a good thing.
  • doczoidberg: How am I supposed to keep track of my ex?


    You'll have to go back to obsessing over Facebook posts like the rest of us.
  • doczoidberg: "How am I supposed to keep track of my ex?"

    Facebook?
  • And so we get to the crux of the problem: people want to share their data with the world, but they don't want to share their data with those people. They have yet to figure out that they can't have it both ways.
  • doczoidberg: How am I supposed to keep track of my ex?


    Funny story, the ex tried to give me his old phone when he bought a new one... before all hell broke loose, tried it out for 2 days before I realized something fishy was going on. Ran over it a couple times and told it fell while I was at the catwalk at the mall.

    9 months after everything 'ended' I finally got home internet, immediately shiat was trying to send my info out. Cleaned everything off as best I could, changed passwords around 10 times, then my company's IT guy came out did some more finagling with the laptop. Good lord the shiat psycho had put on there...
  • 'Just go up and say something apps' recommended

    Thanks for the advice, subby, but that doesn't work either.

    I went up to Christina Hendricks, introduced myself, and told her " I love you, and I'd kill anyone for you. ANYONE." All it got me was a restraining order
  • Millennium: And so we get to the crux of the problem: people want to share their data with the world, but they don't want to share their data with those people. They have yet to figure out that they can't have it both ways.


    Which is why, with regard to Facebook at least, I just opt out entirely.
  • Yeah...it isn't really "stalking" when you're voluntarily allowing one of these programs to tell other people where you are.

    But yay, thanks for saving people from themselves with more laws.
  • Guess its back to hiding in bushes and stealing her pets.
  • topcon: Yeah...it isn't really "stalking" when you're voluntarily allowing one of these programs to tell other people where you are.

    But yay, thanks for saving people from themselves with more laws.


    As opposed to say Spokeo, which can publish all sorts of information about you without your consent. Much of it incorrect.
  • groppet: Guess its back to hiding in bushes and stealing her pets.


    That's a unique euphemism for "soiled panties."
  • "just go up and say something" doesn't work for those of us with no social skills at all. I can't do small talk.

    /FALAB
  • 'Just go up and say something apps' recommended

    What people are afraid of are people who did go up and say something, got rebuffed, but refuse to take no for an answer.

    That said, this is what it means to share your data publicly: anyone can see what you share. If this makes you uncomfortable or would cause problems, don't share the data.
  • doczoidberg: How am I supposed to keep track of my ex?


    Seriously, I don't need to be running into an ex when I'm out behaving badly.

    Why do they hate America? Aren't they killing jobs in the private sector with this legislation? Unreal.
  • However, David LeDuc, senior director of public policy at the Software & Information Industry Association believes that a voluntary "code of conduct" on data collection would be more beneficial to the sector than new legislation.

    "This flexible, consensus process is better able to ensure that policies are not technology or platform specific," he wrote in a blog post last week.

    "At a time of increasing convergence, where "applications" are seamlessly offered across a wide range of devices, fixed laws such as this would stifle technological evolution by creating a distinct privacy regime based on a specific type of device."


    Sounds good to me, Dave. Now I'm sure you won't mind if I follow you and your family around digitally. I mean that's totally not creepy or inappropriate, right?

    F*ckstain shill.
  • How about we just pass some comprehensive privacy laws that protect the personal data of private citizens from exploitation by business, government, and international entities? Wouldn't that solve all our problems?

    Shouldn't you have to explicitly opt-in to any kind of location tracking?
  • Um, most of the affected apps are giving location info to advertisers, so that they can throw ads at you that are location-specific or related to your lifestyle. Going up to you and saying something is pretty much the entire point.

    As far as banning tracking the location of a stolen device, that's not really how US property law works. Stolen property still belongs to the pre-theft owner, no matter how many times it's subsequently resold. And a tracking app of that kind is generally accessed through the primary account (i.e. it tends to be a service provider service) you wouldn't be sharing info with other users, just the primary user of the account. Basically I don't think that this would be a problem.
  • My various exended family members all have each other on Google Latitude, which shares user location. It's come in handy a time or two. You can disable temporarily if you want to go off the radar.
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