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Q: What do you think about location tracking?

  • 7%
    What's location tracking?

  • 13%
    It doesn't bother me

  • 4%
    I'm a bit worried, but the benefits outweigh the costs

  • 25%
    I think companies should be more up front about their location-tracking practices

  • 51%
    Totally against it: I won't have anything to do with companies that track my location


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PC Advisor

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It's been revealed that iPhones and iPads track users' location and store this data in an easily accessible file. Some people worry that this could be leaked, compromising user privacy, and complain that Apple should have explained this policy to users before implementing the feature.

Where do you stand on this issue? Have your say in our latest poll.

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Devil Fish

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i have no issue with it walk through the local town your tracked by cctv use your credit card your location is known and so it goes on. For me the trade off is when i'm travelling i have an app that will bring up local bars resturants fuel stations entertainment hotels etc.

so if someone really wants to know im having sunday lunch and a pint at Harvey's Bistro and Bar i won't loose any sleep over it.

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Condom

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I am more concerned about them being able to distribute my telephone number to 3rd parties than them knowing where I am as most of the year I would appear to them to be in a jungle in the far east.

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Aitchbee

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Hello alan14 - thanks for that detailed information regarding the proximity of masts and the unexpected information that being close does not guarentee 5 bar reception. The T-mobile mast is about 200 metres from my house.All of the communication masts near where I stay are situated very near the main road.I know of 4 masts within 400 metres from where I stay.If one was to extrapolate from here - there must be hundreds of masts in Glasgow.Tens of thousands in the UK? (This has been a second attempt to post this - website still shakey)

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interzone55

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AitchBEE

I have found a couple of times that a very close mast has made the service worse.

My former inlaws had an orange mast about 50 feet from their house, it wiped out almost all networks, including orange.

Last year we went to a music festival, and 20 feet from our camper van were Orange, O2 and Vodaphone temporary masts, we couldn't get a signal in the camper, but walking across the field gave the full 5 bars...

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Aitchbee

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Thanks alan14 for that info. I've got a Virgin Modem Dongle so it's good to know that the T-mobile mast is sending / receiving the signal.

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interzone55

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AitchBEE

Virgin don't have their own masts, they use T-Mobile's network in the UK. T-Mobile now belongs to Orange, and the network is being rebranded Everything Everywhere...

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bremner

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Fix out today 4.3.3 Patch

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Aitchbee

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Cheers OTT_B - stuck it my favourites. Will have a look tomoro. HB

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OTT_B

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AitchBee

Click Here

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Aitchbee

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I use my spare mobile to locate my main mobile in the house - very handy.Sometimes I loose the two of them in the house but eventually I find them.Had a walk down the road today.Three men diggin' a big hole round a big phone mast.Said they were improving the services for O2 and Vodaphone.Further along the road a chap was working at two large cabinets next to another phone mast.He said he was a T-mobile and something Uk man. I was impressed at the gear in those cabinets.The engineer had a laptop connected up.I was hoping to to find a virginmobile mast further down the road...can I use the internet to locate all of the telephone masts in my area - Glasgow southside?

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interzone55

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ams4127

Of course those phones could be tracked - but if it's not known they belong to OBL then no-one will know that these are the phones they need to be looking at...

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sunnystaines

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not a problem here

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woodchip

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Best way is go up on the moors or Snowden. let em follow you up there

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OTT_B

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Location tracking is like any other type of data collection; I doesn't matter that information is being collected, it matters what information is being collected and what is done with it.

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morddwyd

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May I say thank you to whoever was responsible?

Last time I commented that I was unable to vote (because of my browser settings).

That has now been fixed.

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ams4127

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I read somewhere today that Osama Bin Laden had several mobiles with him in his Pakistani hideyhole. So how come it took so long to locate him?

But, like the FE, I couldn't care less who knows where I was last weekend.

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SparkyJack

Yes.

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Forum Editor

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I'm with Matt on this - I'm surprised that anyone is surprised about the Apple tracking data.

Here's the thing. Make an assumption that any device which connects to a cell network will automatically be tracked, and then forget about it. If it's going to worry you it might be an idea to withdraw from the world and live on a remote island in the vast and restless ocean.

If I commit a murder I expect the police to be onto my alibi like a flash from the flash shop because of my phone and credit card use, but I'm not going to kill anyone - I'm an ordinary bloke leading an ordinary life, and I couldn't care less that someone knows I was in rural Hertfordshire over the weekend.

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Diemmess

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At the middle of last month I knew nothing useful about this, but since then I was shown how to track a sponsored cycle trip from end to end of this island. link text

A lot of fun to see how well they had done, even if there were long sterile patches and some inaccuracies - the middle of loch Lomond, the M6 on bikes!!, and the desolate parts of Bodmin moor.

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caccy

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With all the surveilance that is around now perhaps George Orwell's book 1984 is slowly becoming fact not fiction!

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bremner

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Fuss over absolutely nothing.

I am given the option of allowing my location to be worked out or not when I use applicable apps on the iphone or ipad. You would have to be a numpty not to realise this is being stored on the machine.

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interzone55

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I'm all for it.

Now if there was web-site that tracked iPhones & iPads I could then easily avoid the people that own one...

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SparkyJack

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Is not the chirrup chirrup one picks up on the car audio occasionally and to the embarrassment of TV interviewees who had not switch off their phone a form of tracking at work?

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SparkyJack

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Is not the chirrup chirrup one picks up on the car audio occasionally and to the embarrassment of TV interviewees who had not switch off their phone a form of tracking at work?

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spuds

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That what as already been stated. Your movements and actions are already being monitored on a daily basis, so another added won't make much difference.

Now if the UK government had tracking devices on illegals, then all might not be in vain, and a worthwhile exercise might be a resounding success?.

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Quickbeam

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In this day and age where we already have CCTV camera tracking, GPS vehicle tracking, criminal Tag tracking, parcel tracking and washing machine repair man tracking, it's a bit late to start screaming about where our liberties were lost.

We'll just have to live with it whatever we think of it.

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wiz-king

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As I know that any mobile phone can be tracked and I still use one, no, I'm not bothered.

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wee eddie

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I am very much of Matt's persuasion

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Matt Egan

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I'm astounded that people were surprised their location was being tracked. In principle it makes me uncomfortable, in practice I am neither important nor interesting enough to be personally targeted, and I enjoy the benefits.

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SparkyJack

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The asnwer is simple If you are out on a covert mission leave the Smart Toy at home and wear a burkah

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David Price

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Here's a direct link to the poll:

What do you think about location tracking?

And here's a couple of links that explain some of the issue better than I could:

Your iPhone and your iPad are snooping on you

and

Why you shouldn't care about location tracking

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