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By samsamuel, Senior Member on 28th April 2011, 12:01 PM
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So, wp7 also tracks location, just like android and iphone, and it uploads said tracking data to ms servers,....... anyone scared??

theregister. co.uk/2011/04/27/windows_phone_location_tracking/
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Let me think about that for a minute... No...
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28th April 2011, 05:28 PM |#3  
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Originally Posted by samsamuel

So, wp7 also tracks location, just like android and iphone, and it uploads said tracking data to ms servers,....... anyone scared??

theregister. co.uk/2011/04/27/windows_phone_location_tracking/

It looks like Google, Apply, and Microsoft are all making money off of us just carring our devices around. I want my roralty check please.
28th April 2011, 06:15 PM |#4  
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ah, so they are....so do the credit card companies....and the network carriers oh and you should know the kind of information those wee loyalty cards for supermarkets gather is staggering

I couldnt care less to be honest, the whole point of this is that yes infomation about you is taken and stored on a gigantic scale, but that info on my credit cards, my store cards my carrier usage and my WP7 isnt available to anyone but the servers they reside on.

That is the fundermental difference between MS and Apple.

you steal my phone ill be pissed off, you steal an iphone and potentially someone could find a lot about my movments.
28th April 2011, 11:19 PM |#5  
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Let me think about that for a minute... No...

Hehe, no me either, just a conv starter.
On a related note, police have been using the iPhone location list (held on the phone itself, unlike wp7) to tie user to location when investigating crimes, tomtom have sold harvested driving data to Dutch police who have used it to set up speed trap stings, and two women have filed a $50mil suit against Google for harvesting their data.(not gonna fly, of course, but interesting none the less) a few days after a similar suit against apple.

As per above post tho, store cards are the big one, hugely intrusive, many hundreds of terrabytes of info every year.
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29th April 2011, 02:55 PM |#6  
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WOW this is crazy information! How are they making money off us carrying their phone around?

Makes me think of that book in 1994 big brother! Only now big brother uses a larger camera with a better zoom! Crazy!
29th April 2011, 03:05 PM |#7  
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WOW this is crazy information! How are they making money off us carrying their phone around?

Makes me think of that book in 1984 big brother! Only now big brother uses a larger camera with a better zoom! Crazy!

fixed.

And they make money by sending adds to your phone. In the future if they know where you are they can send adds from nearby shops to your device. Yup you are paying them to send you spam.
29th April 2011, 05:23 PM |#8  
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Spam but maybe not
Well if they actually get it right then maybe the ads will be helpful.

If I am in the mall to buy a pair of Jean and I get a link sent to my phone telling me that I can get 15% off at this store and 2 for 1 at that store, well good for me and them.

Also I live a vanilla life so who cares; the only people that are worried are the pervs, cheaters, and such that are afraid of getting caught.
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29th April 2011, 05:31 PM |#9  
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Now I wouldn't mind that much as long as it was pertinent to my needs and consistent with my location and timing. How are you getting those ads? Texts?

I've been getting a bunch of spam calls and texts here lately and I do not list my cell number anywhere! So it must be from WP7. Am I right? I mean my number is listed in the donotcall.gov
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Wow I didn't know they track android to.
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Well now everyone knows that Windows Phone tracks your location and it will be saved.

Now the question is: Does anyone know how to turn it off? ^^

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