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7. Re: Labor Day Safety Dance Sep 5, 2012, 09:52 Ant
 
cronik wrote on Sep 4, 2012, 04:51:
If you have a smartphone you're being tracked, welcome to big brother baby.
Same for cellphones, GPS, Internet, etc.
 
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6. Re: Labor Day Safety Dance Sep 5, 2012, 06:47 avianflu
 
Its not that simple.

On Android I have had several apps change their privacy settings after a supposedly simple incremental update. It is I suspect intentional to slip these things into an update. Weekly patch updates are "gotchyas" designed to fool the user.

The larger issue is that most recently I have seen separate background processes that are installed along with an app. I only install major name apps and still this is happening. You can stop the service in question and see if it breaks the app but geez.

The bottomline is I no longer install phone apps unless I actually use them every single day.
 
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5. Re: Labor Day Safety Dance Sep 4, 2012, 04:51 cronik
 
If you have a smartphone you're being tracked, welcome to big brother baby.  
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4. Re: Labor Day Safety Dance Sep 3, 2012, 20:40 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 3, 2012, 19:16:
With Android apps it tells you what permissions you're giving the app by installing it. So people just need to learn to read before they install.
Yep. I'm constantly surprised at some of the updates that I've seen. A new update for google maps just came up for my phone, which includes tracking and 3 dozen(disable keylock on the phone, disable phone from sleeping, broadcast location, directly call numbers, records audio, manage accounts lists, read phone identifier information, including phone number and serial #, allow NCF and full internet access, discover all known accounts, google accounts on phone, and view all configured accounts) other things which weren't on the previous version. No thanks, I'll keep the old version.

But this is going to get interesting, because a lot of these apps are cached in Canada on their own server. Which means they fall under the privacy act. All it's going to take is someone getting angry enough to file a complaint over it up here.

Though that's not quite as good as one of the QR readers I ran across. Which wanted the ability to turn on datapacket networks, and make remote calls.
 
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3. Re: Labor Day Safety Dance Sep 3, 2012, 19:16 Cutter
 
With Android apps it tells you what permissions you're giving the app by installing it. So people just need to learn to read before they install.
 
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2. Re: Labor Day Safety Dance Sep 3, 2012, 16:28 Ant
 
Good thing I don't own a mobile phone.  
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1. Re: Labor Day Safety Dance Sep 3, 2012, 15:23 Silicon Avatar
 
It's too bad we don't have a legislative body that could take care of privacy issues like this.

 
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