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The NSA says it stopped tracking cellphone locations without a warrant

Last year the Supreme Court ruled, in a 5-4 decision, that a search warrant is required for law enforcement to perform cellphone tower searches to track someone’s location.

A letter sent by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to Senator Ron Wyden affirming that ever since that Carpenter decision, the “Intelligence community” has not sought cell-site location data or GPS records without a warrant.

Source: The NSA says it stopped tracking cellphone locations without a warrant | Engadget

Australian regulator files privacy suit against Google alleging location data misuse

An Australian regulator has filed a lawsuit against Alphabet Inc’s Google, accusing it of misleading smartphone users about how it collected and used personal location data, advancing a global crackdown on the world’s biggest tech firms.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said the local Google unit did not tell users of its Android operating system for almost two years that they needed to switch off two settings – not one – if they did not want the company to keep their information.

Source: Australian regulator files privacy suit against Google alleging location data misuse – Reuters

4 Dating Apps Pinpoint Users’ Precise Locations – and Leak the Data

Grindr, Romeo, Recon and 3fun were found to expose users’ exact locations, just by knowing a user name. Four popular dating apps that together can claim 10 million users have been found to leak precise locations of their members.

“By simply knowing a person’s username we can track them from home, to work,” explained Alex Lomas, researcher at Pen Test Partners, in a blog on Sunday. “We can find out where they socialize and hang out. And in near real-time.”

Source: 4 Dating Apps Pinpoint Users’ Precise Locations – and Leak the Data | Threatpost

International Privacy Experts Adopt Recommendations for AI, Location Tracking

The International Working Group on Data Protection has adopted new recommendations for artificial intelligence and location tracking.

The Berlin-based Working Group includes data protection authorities who assess emerging privacy challenges. The IWG report “Privacy and Artificial Intelligence” sets out fairness and respect for human rights, oversight, transparency and intelligibility as key elements of AI design and use.

Source: International Privacy Experts Adopt Recommendations for AI, Location Tracking

Hacker Finds He Can Remotely Kill Car Engines After Breaking Into GPS Tracking Apps

A hacker broke into thousands of accounts belonging to users of two GPS tracker apps, giving him the ability to monitor the locations of tens of thousands of vehicles and even turn off the engines for some of them while they were in motion.

The hacker hacked into more than 7,000 iTrack accounts and more than 20,000 ProTrack accounts, two apps that companies use to monitor and manage fleets of vehicles through GPS tracking devices. On some cars, the software has the capability of remotely turning off the engines of vehicles that are stopped or are traveling 12 miles per hour or slower, according to the manufacturer of certain GPS tracking devices.

Source: Hacker Finds He Can Remotely Kill Car Engines After Breaking Into GPS Tracking Apps – Motherboard

How to slow Google Sensorvault from tracking your location on iOS, Android

Not only is Google Maps tracking you, but a program called Google Sensorvault is potentially turning over your location data to law enforcement.

If you want to fully disable location tracking (which, keep in mind, will limit certain apps’ location-driven capabilities), you need to disable another setting called Web & App Activity.

Full article: How to slow Google Sensorvault from tracking your location on iOS, Android – CNET

83% of consumers now aware of marketers tracking their locations

The majority of people (63 percent) are now much more aware that marketers are using their personal data as compared with a year ago, likely due to stepped up reporting about various data breaches and scandals. Beyond this, 83 percent of survey respondents said that they were aware that companies “actively track their location data.”

Consumers have a layered or somewhat nuanced view of location tracking. The audience breaks into three groups: those who’ve disabled location tracking (33 percent), those who have permanently enabled it (29 percent) and those in the middle (38 percent) who will sometimes enable it when prompted.

Source: 83% of consumers now aware of marketers tracking their locations – study – MarTech Today

Data location vendor worked with GDPR regulator on data consent model, yielding 70% opt-in rates

Last August French privacy regulator CNIL cited two French location-intelligence companies (Fidzup and Teemo) as non-compliant with GDPR consent rules (as well as French privacy law).

Teemo then worked cooperatively with CNIL to develop specific consent language around third-party use of location data. Surprisingly, but the opt-in rates were 70%. Teemo says that transparency gives consumers a sense of control and they respond positively as a result.

Source: Data location vendor worked with GDPR regulator on data consent model, yielding 70% opt-in rates – MarTech Today

Digital IDs Are More Dangerous Than You Think

Governments seek to digitize their citizens in an effort to universalize government services, while the banking, travel, and insurance industries aim to create more seamless processes for their products and services. However, digital ID poses one of the gravest risks to human rights when combined with facial recognition technology, geo-location and other identifiers.

Source: Digital IDs Are More Dangerous Than You Think | WIRED

Google tracks your movements, like it or not

Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used a privacy setting that says it will prevent Google from doing so.

Source: AP Exclusive: Google tracks your movements, like it or not

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