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January 11, 2019, 07:48:42 PM
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that's why I switched to ecosia.com
it plants trees as I search and hopefully isnt as information invasive as google

Looks like interesting search engine and there's no problem with privacy-orianted browser such as Tor Browser

I still prefer more privacy-orianted search engine such as StartPage though
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January 14, 2019, 12:42:31 AM
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Even if you turn off location services you can still be tracked. You can be triangulated based on the cell tower your phone is connected to. When you move towards the location of a new cell tower your location can now be triangulated based on the new cell tower's location.

There's a huge difference.
Apps use location data from your smartphone and they may send it in the cloud somewhere, or to third parties unknown to you, whereas cell tower information is only known by your phone company and the police.
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January 14, 2019, 12:22:52 PM
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The Big Brother is watching you. Smiley I checked history of my phone location and it's empty, because I have location history turned off. I only can see current location of my phone. Despite that I have location history turned off, Google probably still knows where I've been today, yesterday or month ago.
I don't know why, but I'm not so concerned about my privacy. Maybe because I'm not very important person who have many things to hide. Offcourse, these privacy issues is coming more serious eventually, but it gives some benefits. Just one example - what if I lose my phone one day or someone will steal it? I would be able to see my lost phone location on Google Maps, lock my phone or just delete all data in my phone without having it in my hands. If you want to have benefits like this one, you have to pay price of privacy.

Privacy-stealing companies are standing strong because of people like you, the people who're not very concerned about their privacy. Google doesn't need our 2-years of location data to tell us where our mobile phone is currently located.

Understand the "true price of privacy" mate!

Are you ready? Here is all the data Facebook and Google have on you

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/28/all-the-data-facebook-google-has-on-you-privacy
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January 14, 2019, 02:32:14 PM
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Privacy-stealing companies are standing strong because of people like you, the people who're not very concerned about their privacy. Google doesn't need our 2-years of location data to tell us where our mobile phone is currently located.

Understand the "true price of privacy" mate!

Are you ready? Here is all the data Facebook and Google have on you

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/28/all-the-data-facebook-google-has-on-you-privacy
Thanks for link to interesting article. In past I already checked what Google and Facebook have collected about me. And I didn't found anything surprising, because I don't keep all my life in these services. When I want some privacy I use  For example, my location history is empty. Google personalised ads profile isn't accurate at all - they show that I interested in american football, jazz, cricket, comercial cars, celebrity news, bodybuilding or fashion, but I haven't searched for these things at all. So, I can't say that Google knows everything about me.
But there is few things that I concerned. First - Google have all photos which were taken with my phone. Another thing - they have all data from my email. But you can request Google to Facebook to delete all data that they have about you if you worried about your privacy. But I'm not planning to do that.
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January 14, 2019, 02:40:58 PM
Last edit: January 14, 2019, 03:00:20 PM by vapourminer
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while i do believe google etc tracks and keeps too much info with no option to really opt out its the price one pays for the convenience of using their device or service, which is very useful at times. so i dont stress about it.

now i do believe privacy is a right, and it can still be achieved, you just need to work harder at it and give up a lot of conveniences. so while i think too much info is being kept, im willing to go along with it. for now anyway. the convenience factor outweighs the privacy im am willingly giving up.

re: cellphones, especially smartphones. as someone mentioned it is amazing what you can get from all the internal sensors. of course the phone needs to be powered up.. dont need gps or a cell signal, just dead reckoning using stored readings, which can be saved even in airplane more or whatever, and transmitted when it connects again. download some of those apps that can read the cell sensors. you may be impressed. or alarmed. my note 4, which is old tech now, can recreate anywhere ive been based on passive sensors alone. just need the data history.

supposedly one can map your house layout based on passive phone sensors. without gps or any location services. rooms and floors can be mapped just based on the passive phone sensors. even property layout like outside structures and such to a lessor extent .. again by dead reckoning and pressure changes, not with location services, cell tower info or gps or any of that stuff. nothing that city hall doesnt have but still a good demonstration of the capabilities of smartphone sensors.

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January 14, 2019, 02:45:55 PM
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Yep i know but what user like me can do ? always use Tor o VPN ,there is activity which we can del but ofcrs. i dont belive its realy being deleted by them maybe in near future blockchain would resolve this problem but for this moment we all depend from Gigant like Google and its reality we have what we can do?
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January 14, 2019, 09:25:55 PM
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This article is from 2017 but still proves the point how unsafe everything we do online is. Hijacking and Hacking cellphone numbers to gain access to user accounts and login details, nasty stuff...

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/21/business/dealbook/phone-hack-bitcoin-virtual-currency.html
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