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Rosyfinchboy21
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Member since Oct 2018
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Google's ability to track you
It's crazy what these tech companies are able to track. Per the WSJ:

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WASHINGTON—Kenneth Glueck took a road trip to Durham, N.C., a few years ago hoping to prove Google was peering far deeper into the personal lives of consumers than they realized.

He purchased a new mobile phone with Google’s Android operating system, put it in airplane mode, disabled the WiFi and stuck it in the glove compartment of his pickup truck.

During the weekend trip, his phone tracked not just his route and destination, but reams of valuable data, such as barometric pressure that could determine what floor of a shopping mall he was on. When he connected to the internet three days later, the phone sent a catalog of its travels back to Google. He shared his results with federal lawmakers who were drafting privacy legislation, now pending, that could restrict tech giants’ ability to use such consumer information to sell advertising.


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Honest Tune
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Bucktown, La
Member since Dec 2011
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re: Google's ability to track you
It doesn't seem like there's very much that can be done to escape the long arm.


boxcarbarney
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Member since Jul 2007
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re: Google's ability to track you
At this point our phones are listening to us anyway, so it doesn't really matter.


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JetsetNuggs
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re: Google's ability to track you
Regardless, deleting my browser history still makes me feel better.


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HempHead
Alabama Fan
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Member since Mar 2011
47150 posts

re: Google's ability to track you
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It doesn't seem like there's very much that can be done to escape the long arm.





KamaCausey_LSU
Member since Apr 2013
7188 posts

re: Google's ability to track you
What if he had turned it off?


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MexicanTiger97
Member since May 2018
358 posts

re: Google's ability to track you
I watched a similar thing a few years ago. New phone on airplane mode. After some time, he connect the phone to a box that intercepted everything that was being sent when he turned his wifi on. It had recorded everything. Told when he was walking. When he got into and out of cars. Told the buildings he was in. Everything. Pretty scary!


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classicgold
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Member since Feb 2017
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re: Google's ability to track you
Every single large company can do this, though. I'm reading a book right now that talks about how company's like Target get people to shop at their stores forever. They can literally tell when a woman is pregnant, before she has probably told anyone, by using patterns and data from their stores and purchased data from collection companies. They have huge Data analysis team that interprets all of this.

They sent a teenage girl coupons for pregnancy and baby items before she told her dad, dad goes to Target and raises hell, and calls back to apologize because his daughter was actually pregnant. It's mind blowing how much all of these big companies know about each of us.


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225bred
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fallguy_1978
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Member since Feb 2018
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re: Google's ability to track you
Sometimes I want to go and unplug from society like the Unibomber minus the whole murder part.


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Ed Osteen
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re: Google's ability to track you
his phone measured the atmosphere?


HempHead
Alabama Fan
Appalachia
Member since Mar 2011
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re: Google's ability to track you
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Sometimes I want to go and unplug from society like the Unibomber minus the whole murder part.



You ever read his manifesto, baw? Ol' Ted had his fingers firmly on the pulse.



TheArrogantCorndog
Chicago Cubs Fan
Highland Rd
Member since Sep 2009
11316 posts

re: Google's ability to track you
The tracking is so advanced, if you're walking with a group, they can where you're walking within that group


The person in the front is usually the leader of the group, and they target that person with specific ads to try and influence the group... how about Whataburger for lunch guys... Footlocker has a sale on Nike... Academy has LSU gear on sale... etc

Then there's geofencing that more brick and mortar companies are getting into... If you use a Taco Bell app for ordering, and happed to drive by one, you may receive a push notification as a reminder, in hopes to drive sales... Walgreens does the same thing

shite is out of control


fallguy_1978
LSU Fan
Half mile from St George
Member since Feb 2018
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re: Google's ability to track you
Yeah, I read An Industrial Society and its Future years ago. Ted was right about a lot even if I disagree with his methods.


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DavidTheGnome
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re: Google's ability to track you
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barometric pressure that could determine what floor of a shopping mall he was on



How?


jeffsdad
Member since Mar 2007
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re: Google's ability to track you
That's a good and worthy exception there fallguy.


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ezride25
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They call me ez
Member since Nov 2008
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re: Google's ability to track you
I recently got a tongue drum, started playing it and within minutes someone else was receiving ads on their phone for... tongue drums. Coincidence?


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21JumpStreet
Texas Tech Fan
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Nvm
This post was edited on 2/13 at 4:51 pm


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Ostrich
Oklahoma Fan
Washington, D.C
Member since Nov 2011
7545 posts

re: Google's ability to track you
I don’t really see what’s wrong with it. Nobody is forcing him to use the device or Google. More government intervention is not the answer


Antib551
Houma, LA
Member since Dec 2018
22 posts

re: Google's ability to track you
I notice in the excerpt you posted, and the rest is behind a pay wall that I will never give money to(FU WSJ), that he put his phone in airplane mode.

I have no clue the exact phone he used but my Galaxy S10+ does not turn off the GPS by putting in airplane mode. It also has an "emergency mode" that basically disables everything to save battery. Even then, the GPS still pings in the background for emergency services.

You don't want to be tracked? Turn the damn thing off...


Eta..and don't be naïve, you Apple crackers are being tracked too.
This post was edited on 2/13 at 5:04 pm


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