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  1. Are Women Really Being Electronically Tracked in Saudi Arabia?

    Saudi Arabia isn't exactly known for its kind treatment of women. That's just a fact. What's being described as a new system to electronically monitor women in the country, which has a notoriously strict interpretation of Islamic law, is making the rounds across the Internet. So, are women really being electronically tracked in Saudi Arabia? The answer is yes, but it's not something that's new.

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  2. Google Will Pay You To Track Your Browsing with Screenwise

    If you weren't a fan of Google's privacy policy modifications, you might also be interested to hear about Screenwise. If you sign up for Screenwise, Google will track your browsing data non-anonymously. Why would you ever want let it do that? Cash money. Well, Amazon gift cards, which are basically cash money. If you sign up for Screenwise and install a Chrome browser extension designed for tracking, Google will give you a $5 Amazon gift card for joining up, with an additional $5 every three months you stick with it.

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  3. Apple Says They Are Not Tracking Your iPhone

    It's been a rough week for Apple, since a pair of researchers put forward the shocking claim that iPhones and 3G iPads were keeping a log of user's movements in an unsecured file. After seven days of near-silence, Apple has finally issued a Q&A on how, exactly, the location data stored on iPhones is used. Their answer is, to say the least, quite intriguing. The thrust of Apple's argument is that they have never been tracking your location, and that the information within consolidated.db is actually not even your data. Confused? Understandable.

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  4. iPhone Tracking Even When Location Services Disabled, Steve Jobs Responds (Maybe)

    On the heels of the furor over the iPhone's unsecured location log, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the iPhone continues to store location data in the consolidated.db file even when location services are disabled on the phone. This is in direct opposition with previous statements from Apple, unrelated to this recent revelation, which claimed that users could opt out of all location gathering operations. In their follow-up research to last week's revelation about the consolidated.db location information, the WSJ found that deactivating location services from the iOS settings panel did not stop data from being logged.

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  5. Your iPhone is Tracking Your Every Move

    U.K. researchers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden have announced what has apparently been known in the digital security fraternity for some time: That your iPhone logs your movements and stores this data for extended periods of time. Starting with iOS version 4, the researchers found that iPhones began logging and storing location information in a filed called "consolidated.db." This file shows the user's latitude and longitude, and is timestamped to the second. Troublingly, this information is not encrypted on the phone or on the iPhone backups made by iTunes. The file is also persistent, transferring itself to a new iOS device when the old one is replaced. Because data started to be logged in June 2010, the release of iOS 4, it is not known how long the data is stored. The primary concern, beyond the fact that this data exists at all, is that is apparently not well protected. The data is not encrypted, and were a user's device or computer to be stolen, the location information could be extracted with relative ease. The purpose of this log is completely unknown.

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  6. How Much Does Your Cellphone Carrier Know About Your Life?

    The German government is currently debating an issue not many in the U.S. may have thought of: how long cellphone providers should retain your personal information. After all, cellphones histories are a veritable treasure trove of information on our movements and habits, not to mention a meticulous log of whom we contacted. In order to demonstrate how much just six months worth of cellphone data reveals, German politician Malte Spitz released six months of his own cell phone data. With this information publicly available, The Zeit online took the massive Excel spreadsheet and created an amazing visualization of Spitz's movements from August 2009 to February 2010. The data was augmented with Spitz's tweets and blog entries. While numbers just look like numbers, watching the little dot zip around Germany is very unsettling. During those six months, Spitz was trackable 78% of the time. You can even see how he liked to spend Christmas.

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