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What Secrets Your Phone Is Sharing About You
Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Dwoskin

Posted on 01/14/2014 7:09:37 AM PST by Second Amendment First

Fan Zhang, the owner of Happy Child, a trendy Asian restaurant in downtown Toronto, knows that 170 of his customers went clubbing in November. He knows that 250 went to the gym that month, and that 216 came in from Yorkville, an upscale neighborhood.

And he gleans this information without his customers' knowledge, or ever asking them a single question.

Mr. Zhang is a client of Turnstyle Solutions Inc., a year-old local company that has placed sensors in about 200 businesses within a 0.7 mile radius in downtown Toronto to track shoppers as they move in the city.

The sensors, each about the size of a deck of cards, follow signals emitted from Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones. That allows them to create portraits of roughly 2 million people's habits as they have gone about their daily lives, traveling from yoga studios to restaurants, to coffee shops, sports stadiums, hotels, and nightclubs.

"Instead of offering a general promotion that may or may not hit a nerve, we can promote specifically to the customer's taste," says Mr. Zhang. He recently emblazoned workout tank-tops with his restaurant's logo, based on the data about his customers' gym visits.

Turnstyle is at the forefront of a movement to track consumers who are continuously broadcasting their location from phones. Other startups, such as San Francisco-based Euclid Analytics Inc., use sensors to analyze foot-traffic patterns, largely within an individual retailer's properties to glean insight about customer behavior.

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1 posted on 01/14/2014 7:09:37 AM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

Mine is revealing that I don’t have much of a social life.


2 posted on 01/14/2014 7:10:30 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
But what if you have a social disease?

"Locations have meanings," says Eloise Gratton, a privacy lawyer. Marketers can infer that a person has a certain disease from their Internet searches. A geolocation company can actually see the person visiting the doctor, "making the inference that the individual has this disease probably even more accurate," she says.

3 posted on 01/14/2014 7:13:03 AM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: cripplecreek

Mine reveals i love cute kitty cat videos


4 posted on 01/14/2014 7:13:08 AM PST by al baby (Hi MomÂ… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: Second Amendment First

What people don’t realize is that most all carriers are embedding a program named Carrier IQ. Not only does it capture every key stroke it overrides your system and turns on services like the GPS locater that I cannot keep turned off. It comes on every time the tower signal changes or you make/receive a call. Of course AT&T and other carriers deny it is there but you can download an app the will tell you if it is installed. Plus you CANNOT turn it off.


5 posted on 01/14/2014 7:15:55 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: al baby
Mine reveals i love cute kitty cat videos

Same here! And the person(s) who share the same last name seldom call(s) their mother!

6 posted on 01/14/2014 7:17:19 AM PST by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: Second Amendment First

Mine is revealing that it’s about 20m from the nearest town with any meaningful number of businesses. That is, when it’s not dead from non use over the course of a month or longer. It’s at least that long between uses. I don’t always remember to keep it charged.


7 posted on 01/14/2014 7:17:38 AM PST by Black Agnes
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To: Resolute Conservative

What about an app to turn it off?


8 posted on 01/14/2014 7:20:08 AM PST by US_MilitaryRules (Tastes like Heaven, Burns like Hell! Mmmmmm. What is it?)
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To: Resolute Conservative

You can remove the battery and SIM card, but becomes a PITA when you need to use the phone, or if someone wants to reach you.


9 posted on 01/14/2014 7:21:59 AM PST by Hardastarboard (The question of our age is whether a majority of Americans can and will vote us all into slavery.)
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To: US_MilitaryRules

There is one but you have to jailbreak the phone. Not an option on a new $400 phone.


10 posted on 01/14/2014 7:23:12 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Second Amendment First

Mine would say I made frequent trips to the dog food store and since Houston has a 3 dog limit they could guess that I had more than 3 dogs, and they would be right! (I am such a criminal)

Am I going to be arrested? I doubt it I have an old flip phone and I’ll betcha’ I am skating under the radar.


11 posted on 01/14/2014 7:27:33 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Resolute Conservative

about a year ago I started leaving my flip phone at home - haven’t missed it, never use it anymore - I figure if theres an emergency - someone else has one


12 posted on 01/14/2014 7:29:38 AM PST by Revelation 911
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To: cripplecreek

"..????...my friend who lives in Jersey City, must have revealed that he can walk directly under major roadways and apartment buildings while on his way to the Hudson river since his daughter (2) threw his phone down a curb side drain a few weeks ago"

13 posted on 01/14/2014 7:30:06 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Ditter

Mine would say that my phone is a very sad, lonely little device. The only places I’ve ever taken it to are the vet, the market and the library. Poor little phone.


14 posted on 01/14/2014 7:31:44 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Second Amendment First

All you have to do is turn WiFi off. Problem solved. You shouldn’t have it turned on anyway unless you are at home.


15 posted on 01/14/2014 7:37:46 AM PST by TheRhinelander
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To: Second Amendment First
Got rid of my cell phone contract last summer and I've never looked back. I keep a TracFone in my car, buy a minutes card every 90 days to keep it active and take it out once a week for charging, a little more often if I actually use it.

The cell phone is for MY convenience, not the convenience of the people who call me. The only ones who get the number are family, a handful of trusted work colleagues and top customers.

16 posted on 01/14/2014 7:38:33 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Second Amendment First

18 posted on 01/14/2014 7:42:30 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Second Amendment First

Mine will reveal...work...then home...then work the next day...then home again...with an occasional side trip to purchase groceries...the thrills are coming hard and fast, I tell ya.


19 posted on 01/14/2014 7:43:07 AM PST by Conservative4Ever (Happy New Year 2014)
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To: Doogle

I’ve always thought that taping an old phone to the underside of an Allied Van Lines trailer would be interesting.


20 posted on 01/14/2014 7:47:06 AM PST by Black Agnes
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To: fishtank

I use a dumbphone for calls and a smartphone with no service for free wifi, taking pictures, etc. That’s as cheap as it gets, and as minimal an amount of NSA / PD spying as one can “allow”.


21 posted on 01/14/2014 7:56:31 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: fishtank; Admin Moderator; All
Your image "http://www.tramsmail.se/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/20/Smartphone-vs-Dumbphone-440x293.jpg" caused several alarms to go off in my firewall.

It shows up as a malicious URL and contains a virus although which one was not specified.

I strongly recommend its removal from this thread.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

22 posted on 01/14/2014 7:57:49 AM PST by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: Black Agnes
I have a close friend here who has appointed herself to watch over me since I live alone. My number is on her “family watch” program (the name is something like that), and if I leave my house with my cell phone on, she can go to that program on her computer and see where I am based on communication with my phone to the nearest cell tower. Her kids are on there, too, so she knows the vicinity where her kids are.

I don't care if she knows where I am and it makes her feel better knowing she can find me. Her phone number is on my 911 gadget I have that I can activate anywhere in my house to automatically call 911. It calls 911 and then calls her.

While all that technology is available now, that is a good thing, however, Hussein's “spys” could find me, too. A pox on Hussein.

23 posted on 01/14/2014 8:02:28 AM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: Second Amendment First

What about the black boxes in all cars?


24 posted on 01/14/2014 8:03:27 AM PST by capecodder
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To: Marcella

Criminals could do the same thing.

Probably are and have.


25 posted on 01/14/2014 8:03:33 AM PST by Black Agnes
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To: Black Agnes

“Criminals could do the same thing. Probably are and have.”

99.99 percent of the time, it will show the cell tower closest to my house and am pretty sure it would be the same cell tower the grocery store uses. My range of travel is one street as everything I need is on that street, except for the medical doctor. I don’t know the range of a cell tower or where it is in relation to my house and that one street.


26 posted on 01/14/2014 8:13:10 AM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: Second Amendment First
But what if you have a social disease?

Or industrial disease ?


27 posted on 01/14/2014 8:15:21 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: Marcella

Perhaps not your travels. Someone who travels out of town or a couple who work a fair distance from home.

Ample time for a B&E and time to get out.


28 posted on 01/14/2014 8:17:44 AM PST by Black Agnes
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To: al baby

Mine says, “You must make at least one call per month or your service will be discontinued.”


29 posted on 01/14/2014 8:21:49 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: jiggyboy

I’m interested in your setup.

What kind of smartphone works best, cheapest, higher end, does it make a difference?

Do you buy a new one, someones discard?


30 posted on 01/14/2014 8:29:36 AM PST by Cold Heart
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To: Second Amendment First
Smartassed phones, more like .. no thanks.


             

31 posted on 01/14/2014 8:37:50 AM PST by tomkat
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To: tomkat

About a year ago, I took a phone just like that into a store to get my software upgraded.

They laughed at me.


32 posted on 01/14/2014 8:39:00 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Second Amendment First

bump

I don’t know if I care yet


33 posted on 01/14/2014 8:47:51 AM PST by dangerdoc (I don't think you should be forced to make the same decision I did even if I know I'm right.)
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To: LonePalm; fishtank
C:\\nunya\Smartphone-vs-Dumbphone-440x293.jpg


             

34 posted on 01/14/2014 8:48:09 AM PST by tomkat
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To: MrB
They laughed at me

my verbatim reply to such creatures would earn me an FR timeout

35 posted on 01/14/2014 8:51:31 AM PST by tomkat (not that it'd be a first ;-)
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To: tomkat; Admin Moderator
ZoneAlarm pops up with a warming every time the thread is loaded and won't display the graphic. Even copying the URL into the clipboard produces a warning.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

36 posted on 01/14/2014 8:54:38 AM PST by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: JoeProBono; COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; jacob allen; ...
Image dutifully stolen...

Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!

To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don't add you to the list...

37 posted on 01/14/2014 8:56:22 AM PST by null and void (It is as if they all had one head. Too bad they don't all have one neck.)
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To: tomkat

I DID change carriers... but got a smartphone anyway.


38 posted on 01/14/2014 9:01:21 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: LonePalm; Fishtalk; Admin Moderator
oh well, i might be doomed, but am currently hummin' right along w/ several layers of countermeasures and nary a peep from any of 'em .. cheers


here's yer pic, btw :


             

39 posted on 01/14/2014 9:03:17 AM PST by tomkat
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To: Second Amendment First

I don’t “live” on my phone as some folks I know do. I have a Tracphone and use mostly the texting function to stay in touch and it works for emergencies. It will take pics/videos I can send to people ... if I wanted to get on the internet I could, but it eats up my minutes, so I don’t. Since there is no personal info (name/address, etc.) necessary when you buy or use it, someone would have to figure out who you were by other means. Works for me and less than $100/year.


40 posted on 01/14/2014 9:07:39 AM PST by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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To: Resolute Conservative
Plus you CANNOT turn it off.

Sure you can. Just store your cell phone in a plastic mylar bag, like a potato chips bag.

The bag creates a Faraday Cage and prevents your phone from sending or receiving signals.

41 posted on 01/14/2014 9:22:50 AM PST by upchuck (My Internet addiction is so bad... it's alt of ctrl.)
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To: upchuck

I can go for that but the wife unit would not be able to barrage me with endless text messages ;)


42 posted on 01/14/2014 9:24:40 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: upchuck

Would wrapping the phone/tablet, etc. in aluminum foil do the same thing?


43 posted on 01/14/2014 9:38:17 AM PST by madison10 ( Taking a husband shopping is akin to hunting with the game warden.)
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To: Second Amendment First
What Secrets Your Phone Is Sharing About You

All of them. I'd like to have encryption on my phone, but I don't trust it not to immediately ship my keys to some trollop at the NSA.

 

44 posted on 01/14/2014 9:40:22 AM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: Black Agnes
I’ve always thought that taping an old phone to the underside of an Allied Van Lines trailer would be interesting.

If you tapped into the electrical system of the truck to keep it powered, that would be really fun.

45 posted on 01/14/2014 9:43:37 AM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: Hardastarboard

Just buy a sleeve that blocks the signal. It rendered the phone “out of service” while inside the sleeve.

http://silent-pocket.com/


46 posted on 01/14/2014 9:46:41 AM PST by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Christie are sure losers. No more!)
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To: null and void

I still don’t have a smart phone… guess I’ll just have to live with the computer sleuthing they do


47 posted on 01/14/2014 9:52:13 AM PST by Nifster
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To: Second Amendment First

Our phone is not sharing any secrets because we live in a dead zone, are retired and cannot justify the cost of a cell phone.


48 posted on 01/14/2014 9:55:56 AM PST by Dustbunny ("Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. " Ronald Reagan)
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To: tomkat

That is what the NSA wants you to think!


49 posted on 01/14/2014 10:47:56 AM PST by minnesota_bound
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To: Second Amendment First

Protect your family. Get the iFoil hats today.
http://bigmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/tin-foil-hat.jpg


50 posted on 01/14/2014 10:55:32 AM PST by minnesota_bound
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