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Government looking to collect location data from mobile phones?

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    Government looking to collect location data from mobile phones?

    In a supposed effort to determine if people are following "social distancing" guidelines, the U.S. government is partnering with tech companies like Facebook to see if it is possible to use mobile phone and social media "check-in" locations to track whether people are gathering or getting too close to other folks.
    I don't know about you, but that sounds terrifying.

    U.S. government, tech industry discussing ways to use smartphone location data to combat coronavirus

    March 17, 2020 at 2:15 p.m. CDT
    The U.S. government is in active talks with Facebook, Google and a wide array of tech companies and health experts about how they can use location data gleaned from Americans’ phones to combat novel coronavirus, including tracking whether people are keeping one another at safe distances to stem the outbreak.

    Public-health experts are interested in the possibility that private-sector companies could compile the data in anonymous, aggregated form, which they could then use to map the spread of the infection, according to three people familiar with the effort, who requested anonymity because the project is in its early stages.

    Analyzing trends in smartphone owners’ whereabouts could prove to be a powerful tool for health authorities looking to track coronavirus, which has infected more than 180,000 people globally. But it’s also an approach that could leave some Americans uncomfortable, depending on how it’s implemented, given the sensitivity when it comes to details of their daily whereabouts. Multiple sources stressed that -– if they proceed – they are not building a government database.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/techn...a-coronavirus/

    Who here believes that last statement is true?
    I do not.

    Looks like it's time to break out the backup 2g smartwatch phone. No GPS, no data. They can track the cell tower I'm on, but nothing past that.
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    I still use an old Tracphone "dumb phone". It's only on when I make calls, and I only use it to make calls, that's the only time a cell tower gets pinged.

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    I know it's possible to get the approximate location of a cell phone using a variety of different means, even if locations services are turned off. But this doesn't propose to do that. Until then, I'm not too worried about it. People who post their location to social media are asking to be tracked, IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Trapper View Post
    I still use an old Tracphone "dumb phone". It's only on when I make calls, and I only use it to make calls, that's the only time a cell tower gets pinged.
    My cell phone is always on and attached to me at the hip in case one of my daughters needs to get in touch with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulag1955 View Post
    I know it's possible to get the approximate location of a cell phone using a variety of different means, even if locations services are turned off. But this doesn't propose to do that. Until then, I'm not too worried about it. People who post their location to social media are asking to be tracked, IMO.
    One inch at a time... one inch.
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    I suspect that the evil socialists are doing much more that any of us realize.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulag1955 View Post
    My cell phone is always on and attached to me at the hip in case one of my daughters needs to get in touch with me.
    Hey you're free to do what you want with your phone, but every generation of young people prior to this generation made it through life without a phone attached to the hip of their mother's.
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    Last edited by Chiefster23; 03-17-2020 at 03:23 PM. Reason: Stupid question!

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    Good I left mine home again today when we went of a motorcycle ride. That should confuse them.
    Yes with location turned off they can still track the phone to the towers.
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    My guess is they have always had the ability to track us, regardless of phone settings. Now they will just use the data differently.
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