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[liberationtech] Cell phone tracking

Griffin Boyce griffinboyce at
Fri May 24 15:24:21 PDT 2013

From: Dan Gillmor <dan at>

> Given the vanishingly small likelihood that companies or governments
> will do anything about cell phone tracking, I'm interested in what
> countermeasures we can take individually. The obvious one is to turn
> off GPS except on rare occasions.
> I'll be discussing all this in an upcoming book, and in my Guardian
> column soon. So I'd welcome ideas.
> Dan

  It really depends on if you are concerned about marketers / companies
tracking you via GPS, or (say) government tracking you via cell towers.

  The solution to one might be diligence in downloading and settings, while
the second could be a move to open GSM, switching to Wifi/voip, or ditching
a cell phone altogether.  The pain involved in getting rid of one's cell
phone is only temporary, I assure you. ;-)


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