Tech Reporter Explains How Google Is Tracking People: "It Knows When I Got Out Of The Car"

Submitted by: littlemissqt 1 week ago in News & Politics Tech


Fox News propaganda or does Google know everything, even if your phone isn't connected to anything?
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Male 388
of course it knows. Even pokemon go knows when you're driving!
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Male 366
I don't see it as a bad thing. The ads I see are more relevant to me. What I'd really like to know though, is how those 2 phones knew where they were with wifi turned off and one phone in airplane mode???
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Male 1,470
wellsy57 Just because Wi-Fi is off and Airplane mode is on does not mean geolocation services are turned off.  It doesn't mean it can't record.  Bluetooth is not off so it could be talking to other phones for location data.

With Wi-Fi and Airplane Mode on, all it is doing is recording that data though.  It has it all, it's just not sending it anywhere.  Until you turn Airplane mode off and Wi-Fi back on, then it immediately reports.
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Male 840
Tucker -- Found some REALLY old news and made it REALLY old news, but that he reported on.

The still pic from the vid looks like he is about to suck the cock of a Seal... !!!HEHEHEHEAHAHAHAHA (If you dont get it; Why do seals have flat penis'sss'''')
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Male 4,254
cucker tarlson
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Male 392
All this and everything else that's being collected by companies and people shrug. The NSA collects phone call data and people throw a fit. If the companies don't bother you why does the NSA? Would it bother you if they bought the info from the companies?
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Male 1,470
taxidriver Yeah, that's what gets me.  You'll see these people that are so against the NSA doing anything at all, yet you can go to their Facebook page and get enough info to steal their identity.  It's kinda sad and really funny.
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Male 2,123
Does this really surprise anyone? Ever wonder how Google Maps knows what traffic conditions are for a given area? Data from cellphones. How do those signs over highways that tell you the average travel time to a particular exit know the average travel time? Thats right, information from Google and Apple, which they get by monitoring cellphones. I though this was already common knowledge?
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Male 10,939
whosaidwhat Google maps knows how you drive too. I tend to drive about 10 over the speed limit. When I leave it estimates my time of arrival not based on the speed limit on my route, but based on it's estimation of how fast I'll drive.
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Male 3,852
holygod Huh, that makes a lot of sense. On certain roads I do tend to speed (+10-15) and today, it was pretty accurate with my ETA... Never thought about it.

I knew about the traffic conditions though.
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Male 2,123
holygod Exactly. I wonder how long it will be before law enforcement starts "laying in wait" for people based on information like this? Perhaps, in the future, law enforcement will start trying to ticket people based solely on information from services like Google. Instant information is a wonderful thing, but what are the chances it will wind up being the end of human society?
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Male 7,856
the reason i neutered my phone of google.
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Male 463
monkwarrior Ah, that makes sense. I always took you for an Internet Explorer kind of guy.
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Male 7,856
yelloow12 sounds like you got a buildup of fallacies stuck between your ears.
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Male 459
monkwarrior Sounds like you have a build up of my semen in your mouth.

Lemme guess, you attended college in that country located between your taint and ass-cheeks. 
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Male 7,856
BuckeyeJoe A juvenile attitude does you no credit, no matter how much you want it to.
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Male 459
monkwarrior Not really concerned with credentialing myself to you. 
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Male 7,856
BuckeyeJoe Im sorry to hear you have a difficult time understanding words.  In other words it destroys your credibility.
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Male 459
monkwarrior ??? What you said does not relate to the current discussion at all. Are you high?
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Male 7,856
BuckeyeJoe it relates, though i can understand why you would have to ignore it.
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Male 459
monkwarrior It does not, and you are high.
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Male 7,856
BuckeyeJoe wrong again snowflake.
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Male 3,852
yelloow12 It also explains his inability to research basic facts.
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Male 7,856
DuckBoy87 don't try push your flaws off on others.
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Male 459
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Male 7,856
BuckeyeJoe duckboy87 buckeyejoe just defined what you're doing.
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Male 459
monkwarrior Yes, exactly like that. You did it again! 
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Male 7,856
BuckeyeJoe you're the one whose being ridiculously desperate son.
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Male 459
monkwarrior Amazing! Keep doing it!
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Male 7,856
BuckeyeJoe run along buttercup
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Male 459
monkwarrior I think I'll stay. 
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Male 7,856
BuckeyeJoe suit yourself snowflake.
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Male 485
  I wonder if it's possible to send false information out from our phones. They're going to get data on everyone, might as well make half or most of it useless to them. 
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Male 485
DerryNH It’s too much information tied to an individual. If credit account info is being hacked, this will be also. I don’t know what anyone will be able to do with it, but the hackers will know when you’re home, when You’re out, when you’ve accessed a particular account on line, and everything else you do. I expect this information to find its way elsewhere also. You drive 10 mph over the limit? It’s only a matter of time before your insurance goes up because driving records are recorded, or you bought too many doughnuts last year, or you don’t eat enough fiber. It won’t stop at advertising. Google can make money without doing this. 
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Male 10,939
DerryNH Why? You don't enjoy the android platform? Google maps? Google docs? Gmail? Google search? Chrome? Etc? 

You ever pay for any of that? What's the problem with reciprocating? 
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Male 423
Fox News withstanding, over the years everything is becoming more and more intertwined.  If you want to buy certain electronics you may NEED to set up an account with a company just to access the features.  Windows and Android/Google are the worst for this.  All are actively tracking your information whether it be internet browsing, or even physical movements as smartphones have a number of trackers built in.

Just looking at the permissions on my phone we let companies:
  • read our contacts
  • approximate our location
  • read phone status
  • send/receive/read text messages
  • modify/delete/red contents on internal memory or SD card 
  • full network access / wifi connections
  • view/change network connections
  • prevent phone from sleeping

There were others, but I think one gets the drift.  It's easy to manipulate the software with various simple logical deductions.  But people don't care.
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Male 4,782
I wonder if you could keep your phone in a mini faraday cage to stop it from doing such tracking?

You might not have it connected to wifi, but there are still thousands of things it can see and interact with not using wifi.

If the cage were made properly, it definitely couldn't communicate with other devices, that should limit its ability to record your movements.
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Male 226
daegog *cough* aluminum foil *cough*
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Male 5,656
I would rather stick toothpicks in my eyesballs than watch one second of Tucker Carlson. Even my Fox News watching mom will admit he's not the most honest fella. 

As far as Google seeing where you are, I believe this. My iPhone tracks everywhere I go. It's scary. But not so much that I feel the need to turn that feature off.
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Male 15,666
Google really does know everything. It even knows when you jerk off and what you wish you had found in doing so (and not just through searches).

Machines are really good at predicting people. Some stores know when a woman is pregnant before she tells her family.

There will come a day when police start investigating people not because what they've done but an AI will say "This guy is almost certainly an active serial killer or a pedo because he bought asparagus and mayo at the supermarket in conjunction with crossing state lines in a bus to watch a movie and used the #metoo hashtag on a GIF with a predominantly red background."
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Male 10,939
Can Fox News not hire a graphics person with even a modicum of design ability? Why does this look like a high school production?
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Male 10,939
That is their business model people. Give you all kinds of great services for free and then track everything they can about you to sell to businesses. You don't want to participate? Don't.
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