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Your smartphone is tracking you

Consumed => “Smartphone Privacy: IT Caught in the Crossfire” by Preston Gralla on ComputerWorld.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/356168/Smartphone_Privacy_IT_Caught_in_the_Crossfire

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Thanks Preston for raising the red flag and some of the issues that come with it. However, I think the more important question is being missed. That is, why is this “undocumented feature” there in the first place?And how come it’s “undocumented”?

Mind you, I’m not naive and/or a Luddite. I understand that geo-location sensitive services and apps are all the rage. None the less, I’m hard pressed to think of any time I needed to know my last 100 “data points”, let alone thousands. So what does Apple, Google, etc. need to know that I do not?

I could go on and on but I’m going to save my wind for a proper blog article. I promise to post the link here when I finished.

That being said, the simple work around is a Google Voice number that forwards the company’s mobile number to your personal mobile. You’ll still be able to receive work calls but there’s a shield/buffer (that you can turn on and off within the Google Voice setting) between company property and your personal property and personal privacy. Perfect for when you’re off the clock, don’t wish to carry two phones and/or fear being tracked.

p.s. Someone else comment about turning their phone off. To the best of my knowledge that’s not enough. In order to truly “deactivate” a mobile phone you have to remove the battery.

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