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Re: Time to save your battery life
  • 12/2/2017 12:23:40 PM
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I'm pretty sure the effort is being led by law enforcement under the guise of public safety and efficiency, all the familiar arguments they used for permission to monitor calls, texts and emails post-9/11.

Flipphone days are numbered
  • 11/30/2017 11:29:52 PM
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Regarding an older flipphone, Airella writes

 I also use that kind of phone. It's not because I am concerned about being tracked but just because I don't need a whole bunch of functions on my phone. I really carry it primarily to be able to call or be called in emergency situations.

Basically my own reasons also. A smartphone would be a "nice to have", but so far not worth the extra expense. However, increasingly a smartphone is expected in various functional transactions, so in terms of abstaining, the writing is on the wall: Everyone shall be required to carry a smartphone. I understand that this will happen very soon. So once again a convenient, somewhat pricey luxury is being advanced to the status of a necessity.

 

Re: Time to save your battery life
  • 11/30/2017 10:42:33 PM
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Sweeney, what is the context of relaxing the rules around police access to tower data? Fighting terrorism? Keeping the working and middle classes in line?

Re: Time to save your battery life
  • 11/30/2017 6:21:00 PM
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Terry even adult safety if someone is missing or placed in a compromising situation, even seniors have been known to lose their way. These types of tracking can help family members find them before something terrible happens in bad weather or in other circumstances.

Re: Time to save your battery life
  • 11/30/2017 5:28:56 PM
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@Terry It certainly appears that way!

Re: Time to save your battery life
  • 11/30/2017 2:22:23 PM
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I don't think you're paranoid, Lyndon... I think you're just watching too much Court TV. The Supreme Court will apparently soon rule on whether law enforcement can get cell phone tower data about you and me without a warrant.

Neil Gorsuch is probably already wetting himself to write that opinion.

Re: Time to save your battery life
  • 11/30/2017 1:45:32 PM
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Great point about child safety, impactnow. The overridden preferences, coupled with the new, added strain on the battery can be viewed as real liabilities for these vendors. No doubt they've covered their back sides with legal boilerplate in the TOS we blindly and eagerly click on without reading.

Re: Time to save your battery life
  • 11/30/2017 1:37:22 PM
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Precisely, louisw900... Apple (and its app makers) have made the calculation that we're unlikely to go back in after a big OS update and turn off tracking, app by *#$%! app. And it seems to me that if Apple really wanted to fix this, it could.

Re: Time to save your battery life
  • 11/30/2017 1:34:48 PM
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Apple has created a weird relationship with its consumer customers, Ariella. Vendors like to talk about binding customers. With Apple, it's officially tipped over into full-bore bondage. They shackle you for life. <rattles iOS leg chains>

Re: Time to save your battery life
  • 11/29/2017 11:09:07 PM
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Changing preferences with updates should not be allowed without user acceptance because it overrides prefernces a user selected, it's especially dangerous for young phone users that may not know that the preferences their parents set up for them have been overridden. The internet is still a dangerous place for the young.

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