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When geolocation makes everyone think you stole their phone

People show up unannounced at John and his mother Ann’s home in South Africa, looking for stolen property, but John and Ann didn’t steal anything. For Gizmodo, Kashmir Hill investigates another case of IP address and geolocation mistaken for exactness: John and Ann’s problems weren’t necessarily caused by one bad actor, but by the interaction of a bunch of careless decisions that cascaded through a series of databases. The NGA...

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Apps gather your location and then sell the data

The New York Times takes a closer look at the data that apps collect and what they know about you: At least 75 companies receive anonymous, precise location data from apps whose users enable location services to get local news and weather or other information, The Times found. Several of those businesses claim to track up to 200 million mobile devices in the United States — about half those in...

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Avoid busy times at local businesses with Google

Waiting in line stinks. I purposely go to the grocery store during off-times with my son, so I don't have to deal with the long lines. Google, I think currently only on Android phones, now provides information on when people go to the businesses around you, using a similar logic to auto traffic on Google Maps. Nice. Tags: Google, location, traffic

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