Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret

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 use last year. The database reviewed by The Times — a sample of information gathered in 2017 and held by one company — reveals people’s travels in startling detail, accurate to within a few yards and in some cases updated more than 14,000 times a day.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/12/10/business/location-data-privacy-apps.html

GOOGLE’S SIDEWALK LABS PLANS TO PACKAGE AND SELL LOCATION DATA ON MILLIONS OF CELLPHONES

Last month, the New York Times revealed how sensitive location data is harvested by third parties from our smartphones — often with weak or nonexistent consent provisions. A Motherboard investigation in early January further demonstrated how cell companies sell our locations to stalkers and bounty hunters willing to pay the price

https://theintercept.com/2019/01/28/google-alphabet-sidewalk-labs-replica-cellphone-data

There’s a simple reason why your new smart TV was so affordable: It’s collecting and selling your data

  • The vast majority of televisions available today are ”smart” TVs, with internet connections, ad placement, and streaming services built in.
  • Despite the added functionality, TV prices are lower than ever – especially from companies like TCL and Vizio, which specialize in low-cost, high-tech smart TVs.
  • There’s a simple reason that smart TV prices are so low: some TV makers collect user data and sell it to third-parties, which can offset the cost.

https://nordic.businessinsider.com/smart-tv-data-collection-advertising-2019-1

The Federal Government Offers a Case Study in Bad Email Tracking

Bra beskrivning av ”pixel tracking” och ”link tracking”. Båda frekvent använda även av svenska aktörer såsom kommuner, banker och,,, bevakningsföretag. Mejlleverantörer såsom mailchimp och anpdm får stora mängder överskottsdata.

”We’ll break them down one at a time, using examples from the email itself to illustrate how those methods work in the common case. In addition, we’ve written guidelines for users, email clients, and email providers to protect against these techniques.”

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2019/01/federal-government-offers-case-study-bad-email-tracking

How to Use Plus Addressing in Gmail

A great way to filter incoming messages is to use plus addressing in Gmail, eg JoeSmith+Facebook@gmail.com. You can also use this method if you are required to enter your email on a site you are afraid might sell your email to other companies: if they send you spam emails, you’ll know which site gave them your email.

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