It is 2020 and everyone has a monitoring device in their pockets. People are monitored in real time by the government, advertising companies and even fraudsters.
It sounds like science fiction but it is reality.
The exact location of your phone can be tracked in a number of ways.
How Rogue Bounty Hunters can track your location
The last controversy started with him Joseph Cox at Motherboard, who gave a hacker $ 300 and a phone number. He was able to find the exact, current location of the cell phone that used this number.
Well, obviously US companies (and not only) AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile sell a lot of their customer data, including geolocation-related locations, to a lot of other companies.
This data can be used by a service to locate people. But there is no surveillance and fraudsters gain access to this data. "Data is being resold to the wrong people," one company told Motherboard.
What can you do about it? : Hope providers stop selling your data to weird intermediaries.
How can the government monitor your location?
It is worth mentioning that the government also has access to your location data from your mobile phone company. They just need to issue a warrant and hand it over to the mobile service provider using the number they want to locate. The mobile provider will of course give your location to the government, but also provide real-time updates.
What can you do about it? : Nothing, unless you want to stop taking the phone with you.
How can advertisers follow you?
It's not just your cell phone. Even if your mobile provider were watching your data, it would be very easy for them to locate you thanks to the location access you have given to some of the applications installed on your smartphone.
The applications for the weather are very "witness". For a weather application to work, you must give it access to your location.
The same application can also sell your data to the highest bidder.
These applications are just one example as there are many who request access to your site. Rogue Bounty hunters can probably get location data from such applications rather than from mobile phone companies.
What can you do about it? : Avoid accessing third-party applications on your site. Stop using third-party weather apps and use your phone's built-in weather app.
How your family can monitor your location
Your phone can pinpoint its location and share it with others in the background, even if your screen is off. You do not need to open an application for this.
You can see it if you use a service like Apple's Find My Friends, which is included with your iPhone. Find My Friends can be used to share your exact locations in real time with family or friends. Giving access to someone can open the application and Apple servers will ping your iPhone, retrieve your location and show it to anyone.
Android phones have something similar in a Google app called Trusted Contacts and, of course, there are many third-party apps that help you share your locations with other people in real time.
Of course, this is only done with your permission, but it shows us how widespread this technology is. After all, it's the same technology you can use to remotely track your lost iPhone or lost Android in case you lose it.
What can you do about it? : Be careful who you share your location with in real time.