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Smartphones Track People
 It can't really be turned off.  If you want privacy, don't use cell phones.  Next best, use burner phones and cycle them often.  If you must have a smartphone, disassemble it when not in immediate use.

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matrixmann From: matrixmann Date: November 25th, 2017 10:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Scepticism towards these things always pays off.
But well, one could have actually known if regarding the basic technology that's been subject to cell phones and computers all along since the beginning.
Always find it kind of amusing when people seem to totally ignore that.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: November 25th, 2017 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a prime example of "double-edged sword" technology.
Although we ABLE-BODIED/MINDED ADULTS want our privacy, just think: There ARE people who would benefit by being constantly tracked 24/7.
These people would include children, adults who have severe health problems that often manifest suddenly (think diabetes/hypoglycemia, epileptic seizures, dementia, etc.)

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 26th, 2017 12:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Well ...

If they're willing and the tech is SECURE, this may have its uses. But ...

* If they're not willing, it tends to have the negative effects of abuse, even if it is meant well. Things like this are most likely to be used ON the most vulnerable people by the more powerful.

* If they tech is not secure, you have just handed abusers a convenient way to find lots of extremely vulnerable victims. And it's not secure, because anything electronic can be hacked.

* Like any crutch, it's valuable at first but it can prevent people from learning practical skills to cope with their limitations. This dependence can pose serious problems of its own.

Snake with a diamond ring in its mouth.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: November 26th, 2017 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well ...

Sadly, all too true.
Trying to keep such computerized systems secure is a full-time task.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 26th, 2017 06:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well ...

As with many things, it requires a careful risk-benefit analysis. If a person routinely wanders into danger, and wearing a GPS device does not cause immediate and constant abuse-type damage, then the benefits of wearing it may outweigh the risk of being hunted down with it and molested. But that's a very personal calculation.

Me, I got lost all the time growing up, and it wasn't the usual wandering -- I have to pay attention to the world I'm standing in or I drift and then people lose me and freak out. A safety line would've saved all of us a lot of hassle, but they weren't in use at the time and we didn't think of it. But a GPS would've offended me and wouldn't have worked anyhow, because I fry electronics and scramble directions. Some people go the other way, they hate holding onto someone but are fine with a surreptitious tracker.

The key is that you have to find a solution that works for everyone, not just the person in power, or the stress will wind up coming out sideways and you'll have to deal with it anyway.
je_reviens From: je_reviens Date: November 25th, 2017 11:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
We are at the point now where if you don't have and use a smart phone, you are a digital illiterate, and thus excluded from a great deal of society.

I think the days of not having a cell phone are long gone.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 26th, 2017 12:17 am (UTC) (Link)

Well ...

Sadly so. But to some people it is still preferable to the alternatives.
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