U.S. University Tracked 100.000 Cell Phone Users’ Movements

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EyesAnother day, another very creepy instance of user tracking: As CNN reports, scientists at Northeastern University used cell phone data to track the whereabouts of 100.000 cell phone users:

Researchers used cell phone towers to track individuals’ locations whenever they made or received phone calls and text messages over six months. In a second set of records, researchers took another 206 cell phones that had tracking devices in them and got records for their locations every two hours over a week’s time period. The study was based on cell phone records from a private company, whose name also was not disclosed.

Not only is this creepy, it’s also most probably illegal (just like the Deutsche Telekom incident): The data came from outside the U.S. because privacy legislation wouldn’t allow it there. (So where the heck did they track, then?)

You can’t just go track citizens’ movements. WTF?

(via ReadWriteWeb)

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