Well if you don’t know just ask your “smart phone” as it does along with keeping a handy record of every step you make, is this surprising to you? Well it shouldn’t as way back in 1999; I had cut out an article which exposed the fact that cell phones tracked locations by triangulating cell towers just like Google maps now does to keep track of you. The article detailing this was then placed with scotch tape on my overhead for several months as a moniker as to what was to come for all my privacy loving friends to get used to it as they were simply fooling themselves thinking privacy was even possible (hey this was 12 years ago).
As discussed in a prior post, I’ve written about the axiom of privacy as it was only created in the past by the high cost to overcome it, nothing else. Thus, as the cost of admission started to come down via new technologies such as the internet connected smart phone, so did the privacy screens. Much as it was evadable the “curtains” would be pulled back by Dorothy in the “Wizard of Oz” exposing the wizard’s privacy only to reveal his personal truth to all.
Now harking back to the 1999 magazine article, what I struggle to understand is all the privacy pundits out there harping on Apple ™ and others for these tracking files, when in fact the telephone system itself is far more nefarious yet no one seems to care. As your cell phone be it smart or dumb as the day is longs is constantly “talking” to the local cell site to share the fact of its existence along with it’s “location code” which is passed back to its “home code” as all cell phones have one. This is how when someone calls it all works out as the calling party is connected to your home location which knows your where bouts from the constant “location code” pings your phone sends out. So with some simple gear and a computer anyone can track you and the great part is your location code can be queried without completing the call as you know that dead period of time from when you press send till the phone rings, well this is the magic which is happening behind the curtains.
So in short someone can simply ping you every few minutes and know your general whereabouts and you will have no clue. Also guess what, this is the way the system works so changing it would be very difficult and expensive, so don’t look for it any time soon. The point of this rambling is you don’t see people protesting and complaining as for organized crime this is a dream as they only have to look for your home code to change to know you’re not at home and bingo, its B&E time so we aren’t even talking about the run of the mill cheating on the wife stuff or hanging out at a strip club event many people wish to sweep under the carpet.
So what is the answer, that too is simple and it’s as simple as “the best defense is a good offence” as first off knowing these risks exits and implementing measures to the manage the risks such as security systems, protecting who has your cell number or even forward a home based VoIP line to your cell and use that as your primary number rather than sharing your mobile. As we are responsible for ourselves and blaming others for perceived issues is simply a kin to sitting in a rocking chair as you will do a lot of moving and get nowhere quick…