Geo-Stalking: Privacy Beyond the Browser, Into the Streets

You know you have to secure yourself online, worry about viruses, attacks from hackers and so many other things, including mobile security.
Furthermore, David Strom writes that you also need to be cautious when using geo location based services. Ensure that you are not being reached or someone does not visit your home and you wish they hadn’t.
David Strom (from Strom.om writes a very sobering article on this here:
What do a DC drug dealer and a TV show host have in common? The ease at which they both can be tracked by GPS devices without their knowledge. Through a combination of Web technologies and cheaper, more ubiquitous devices, we are now witnessing what could be the golden era of geo-stalking. It is both thrilling and scary at the same time.
Last week, a man arrested for drug possession was set free in DC because the police put a GPS on his car to track his movements. The courts ruled that without a search warrant and without the person’s knowledge that he was being tracked, the arrest couldn’t stand.
Then there was the case of the host of the TV show Mythbusters who was tracked by virtue of information that he posted of a photo of his car. Because he took the photo in front of his house, and because the photo contained geo-tagging information, an enterprising reporter could piece together where the host lived, and bring up an actual picture of the host’s home on Google Maps.
Certainly, having a GPS inside your phone is convenient. No longer can men claim that they know where they are going when their wives can pull up a screen and give them turn-by-turn directions. Another click, and you can find the nearest drugstore or burger joint when in a strange town, or even a not-so-strange one. It amazes me how far we have come and how much and who you can track these days. Read his full article on this here.

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