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Malls tracking shoppers using mobile phones

Malls tracking shoppers using mobile phones

Big brother just got a bit larger in a couple malls in the US. Two malls operated by Forest City Commercial Management have installed systems from a company called Footpath Technology that will track where a shopper is and the path they take through the mall. The two malls are Promenade Temecula in Southern California and Short Pump Town Center in Richmond, Virginia.

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OnStar user tracking scheme raises the ire of three US Senators

OnStar user tracking scheme raises the ire of three US Senators

A few days back OnStar was in the news when it notified its customer base that it would be collecting data on their locations and other data and that it was reserving the right to share that data with anyone for any reason including marketing. The part that really angered people is that OnStar was saying that it would continue to track user movements even after they cancel the OnStar account. OnStar later said that it would warn the user when cancelling that they would be tracking their location.

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Apple iOS 4.3.3 will fix tracking “bug”

Apple iOS 4.3.3 will fix tracking “bug”

If you use an iPhone, you may have been following the saga of location tracking with the smartphone. As it turns out the iPhone keeps track of the location of the user even when location services are turned off. Despite the tracking of iPhone users, Apple maintains it was not spying on users and said that an update was coming to fix the bug. Word is now coming out that the update to fix the bug will be coming soon.

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iPhone storing tracking details on users even with location services off

iPhone storing tracking details on users even with location services off

There are a lot of times when you iPhone or other device needs to know your location to give you the service you are looking for. For instance if you are looking for a gas station near you or trying to find your way to a destination the app on your iPhone will need to know where you are right now. There are also times when your iPhone doesn't need to know where you are and has no need to be storing those details. That is exactly what the iPhone is allegedly doing though, storing location data even when the user has locations services turned off.

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Ghost Rider Personal GPS Tracker debuts

Ghost Rider Personal GPS Tracker debuts

I know someone that has a grandparent with Alzheimer's and they have to keep a constant eye on him everywhere because he wanders off and forgets where he is and who he is with. There are people all around the country live with this sort of thing every day. A new device has been unveiled from RM Tracking that is called the Ghost Rider that makes keeping up with the elderly, kids, or personal property like cars a snap.

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FollowUs unveils GPS Watch in UK

FollowUs unveils GPS Watch in UK

When I was a kid I had one of those huge Casio watches with the tiny calculator built-in. It was high-tech enough back in the day that I used it to pass more than one math test without my teacher's knowledge. A new GPS Watch has been unveiled by a UK firm called FollowUs that reminds me a lot of that boxy (and ugly) calculator watch from my youth.

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Ekahau T301W GPS wristband lets big brother keep an eye on you

Ekahau T301W GPS wristband lets big brother keep an eye on you

Most of us probably don’t like the idea of employers or other people being able to track our every move by GPS location. We want our privacy, plus we don't want anyone knowing when we are out of the office so they can sneak in and steal our Cheetos stash, or maybe that's just me. A company called Ekahau has announced a new GPS wristband called the T301W that is designed to pin point the location of people in all sorts of settings.

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