【担心信息泄露?专家建议关闭手机定位系统】

【担心信息泄露?专家建议关闭手机定位系统】安全专家保罗•比肖夫称,谷歌和其他公司可以通过应用程序跟踪用户的位置,即使并不使用它们。最近的分析显示,这些公司不但收集数据而且会转卖给第三方,他警告称,智能手机用户必须关闭所有对网络和应用程序活动的跟踪,这可能会影响应用程序的功能,但却是确保隐私的唯一途径。

Worried about your privacy? Turn off your smartphone's location tracking settings, warns security expert

  • Security expert Paul Bischoff has branded Google and others 'sneaky' for tactics
  • Companies can track your location through apps even if you aren't using them
  • Recent analysis shows that they collect location data and sell it to third parties 
  • Smartphone users must turn off all tracking of web and app activity, he warns
  • This may impact how apps function but is the only way to ensure privacy he says

A security expert has warned that smartphone users should switch off their location settings if they are worried about their privacy and how their data is shared.

Apps like Google Maps, City Mapper and Uber use your location to track where you are when you need directions, book a taxi or see when the next bus or train is.

But a number of companies can use your location data even when you aren't using these apps because your location tracking is still enabled.

Smartphone users must turn off all tracking of web and app activity, he warns, to ensure their privacy - but this may impact how the apps function.

 A security expert has warned that smartphone users should switch off their location settings if they are worried about  how their data is shared. A security expert at Comparitech.com, says that companies could be selling your data to third parties (stock image)

 A security expert has warned that smartphone users should switch off their location settings if they are worried about how their data is shared. A security expert at Comparitech.com, says that companies could be selling your data to third parties (stock image)

Paul Bischoff, a privacy advocate at Comparitech.com, says that companies could be selling this location information to third parties.

His analysis showed that these companies collect location data, but do not necessarily reveal how the data will be used, a point often hidden in lengthy privacy policies.

Mr Bischoff warned people to disabled the tracking services when they are not in use to stop these companies harvesting your data.

He told Fox News: 'Companies use IP addresses, advertising IDs, and cookies to track users and store details about their online behaviours, browsing history, searches, purchases, viewing habits, and more.

原文链接:https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6492229/Worried-privacy-Turn-smartphones-location-tracking-settings.html


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