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    Wall Street Journal: Smartphone Trackers Raise Privacy Worries

    The Wall Street Journal reports on privacy issues connected with cellphones, especially with location-tracking technology and mobile phones:

    Marketing and software companies are increasingly using sophisticated technologies for smartphones and other mobile gadgets to track consumers and target ads based on their location.

    The new commerce using phone users’ location to sell ads is raising privacy concerns among U.S. lawmakers and privacy advocates. Recent studies have found that many of the businesses that use location technology don’t clearly inform consumers about the kind of data they track, how it is used or with whom it is shared. […]

    The idea that big corporations and thousands of technology companies, such as app makers that use Skyhook software, can access information about smartphone users’ locations has set off alarm bells. Some people fear such data could be stored and potentially misused or exposed through hacking, accidental breaches or even a court subpoena in a lawsuit. […]

    But the lines can be blurry. A study at Carnegie Mellon University earlier this year found that a third of the 89 location-based applications it examined lacked a privacy policy; others didn’t clearly disclose what kind of data they kept or shared with others.

    Another study this spring at the University of California at Berkeley found that most of the mobile-phone applications using a new location program store users’ location data indefinitely, but don’t disclose what they do with it.

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