Friday, September 30, 2011

What Your Mobile Provide *Really* Knows About You

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Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you...

 

I've often said that my personal privacy is dead.  My Tahoe with OnStar tracks everywhere I go and I'm sure GM has a record of every time I've called OnStar for directions and where they sent me.  Toll booths using EZ Pass know when & where your car crossed the toll line.  Time Warner knows where I surf & what channels I watch.  SiriusXM knows what channels I listen to & what songs are played.  Tivo tracks what shows I record & what channels I view.

 

And then there is my phone... Sprint knows where I've been, who I've called, who has texted me... you name it.  We are all so dependent on our phones that they have become central to our lives.  But did you ever really consider what your wireless company knows about you and how long they keep it?  Would you like to know?

Well, thanks to the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, you can now find out.  The group filed a Freedom of Information Act claim and managed to get all the info from the Justice Department.

 

Curious about what *they* know about you?  Take a look at the document called "Retention Periods of Major Cellular Service Providers". This link is courtesy of Wired.com, but you can find the document in other parts of the Internet as well.

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