If they can find out, through the mobile location signal, who’s inside a shop to shop, then they can tell who’s came in to loot it! Right? Right – but this fact escapes perception…
Foursquare, for example, is a 12-year-old american technology company. It specializes in (geographical) location determination that is not only called “geolocation” but also “geofencing”. There may be applications with the company name; but there are tens of thousands of applications with other names that use (without shouting) its technology. Foursquare’s job is to locate and distinguish tens of thousands of cell phone signals, even when they are all together. And consider that it does not (yet) use 5G technology, nor does it promise to protect personal data, such as the so-called social tracking crusaders “for the good of your health, silly boys”. In contrast, company’s ceo Jeff Glueck when was asked about privacy protection from such companies/technologies responded (via the New York Times): …Those involved in this field of data science should swear on Hippocratic oath…and hopefully if they do it they will reduce the violations. Mr. Jeff may have kissed the cross… But business is business.
Some will think, not arbitrarily, that this existing (at this time that we are talking) possibility will strengthen public order. If it’s easy to locate looters through their mobile phones, all you need is an add-on to the lawsuits that are accepted by the courts: a map with the location of someone-X at 11.00 pm in a store looted will be duly filed. But the usefulness of location detection does not end there.
Tectonix, another company in the industry, has mapped out where black lives matter protesters come from in Florida; how long they have been at the site of the protests; when and how they return home. It could be of sociological interest – certainly some universities will be interested. Maybe some travel agencies too…
And not even that. In combination with other information about each of these protesters (always addicted to this disastrous habit called “mobile”) or anyone else, parties, organizations, commercial companies, mafias, whatever, will be interested in promoting individually something. You may not be a looter, you may be a human being aware of police brutality or minority rights. How about a trip to a big anti-racist festival organized by Bono?
Do you want to get rid of all these “knowns-unknowns” even when you go for a walk? It is simple. You need a nail and a little twine. Hang your cell phone with its case in a frame of your home. And leave it there, forever. Make it a “wall-mounted remote control”.
Yeah, we know, the mobile phone’s benefit is exactly that; that it is mobile… Benefit for whom? Do you put your hand in the fire? Still?
Think about it and make the decision to literally separate your paths before they necessarily screw it on you!! (They do think about it, not with screws of course, but…)