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Verizon to require location warning stickers on phones

updated 12:45 pm EDT, Fri April 29, 2011

Verizon to require location heads-up on phones

Verizon in a response (PDF) to Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey's call for answers on phone location data said it would start putting a sticker on every phone warning that they tracked location. The removable screen notice would tell users that it could track the real world location and "associate this location data with other customer information." Subscribers would be asked to check location settings if they're concerned and to be "cautious" with apps and services.

The labels would come "soon," Verizon said.

Its warning would be the first of its kind in the US and would be part of a larger response from carriers hoping to defend their part in location practices. Legally, carriers are required to conduct basic tracking to meet rules for emergencies and warrant-guided investigations. Most of the current concern revolves around equal or greater data collection by private firms, which in a lawsuit against Google this week was compared to a warrant order in how well it might identify a user.

Carriers still typically carry information for longer, and at Verizon have records going up to seven years.

Apple and Google are due to appear at a hearing May 10 that would ask them to explain their roles in the situation. The circumstances could draw carriers in if they can persuade Congress that they aren't as effective at tracking data as the cellular providers they have to use. [via Forbes]



By Electronista Staff
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  1. prl99

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Mar 2009

    +1

    give me a break

    This is like putting a sticker on hair dryers to not use in the tub. People want the ability to use location services, they just are being told its a bad thing by conspiracy theorists. Without the ability to know where your phone is, it is not capable of providing a whole host of features that are very useful for people. As you say, carriers are required to capture location information so what's the big deal? Anyone who thinks they can stay hidden while using any electronic device does not understand how things work.

    Give this thing a rest. It's being blown way out of proportion. This isn't the movies where a person's every step is captured.

  1. Marook

    Forum Regular

    Joined: May 1999

    -3

    It's like the Tesla Sport...

    having a sticker on the DRIVER sunscreen, that you should not put a childseat in reverse direction here due to airbacks... !!!!!!!!!!! Who the f*** would put a CHILD seat in the driver seat???? And in a TESLA!!!!????!?!?!?

    Ohh, well the Tesla Sport DOES have that sticker... AMERICANS when do you fix your stupid 'lets just sue them if I have to think for myself' way of making the world turn????

    It's amasing how low IQ most Amaricans must have.. if this kind of stickers is even considered.... You have my pitty..

  1. redcapzero

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2007

    -5

    @Marook

    Stupid Americans? The same "one's" that brought you the "tech" you wrote your silly triade and sent it throughout.
    Yep, we stupid Americans, the one's who saved you sorry a$$ in WWII (if you are indeed from a euro-nation) among other times.
    Yep, we stupid Americans; riding 50 foot faces, smilling all the way into the barrel.
    Yep, we stupid Americans; who'll pick you up if you fall, need a hand...
    Yep, WE BE DUMB, sweetie (yet we do "it" with such grace, dignity).

    Enjoy!

  1. tonton

    Senior User

    Joined: Mar 2001

    +1

    @redcapzero

    Well, we still use feet and inches, Fahrenheit degrees, gallons, pounds and miles. Many of us believe things like global warming is fake, evolution is a scam and trickle-down economics are the best way forward for the economy. Many still believe Obama wasn't born in the US and that universal healthcare is not good because it's "socialist" and that "socialism" means we're going to turn into USSR and Red China.

    Yep. Sounds pretty stupid to me.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +1

    Re: give me a break

    This is like putting a sticker on hair dryers to not use in the tub.

    It's in the owner's manual, along with 400 other things you shouldn't use it for.

    People want the ability to use location services, they just are being told its a bad thing by conspiracy theorists. Without the ability to know where your phone is, it is not capable of providing a whole host of features that are very useful for people.

    Location services do NOT require that someone RECORDS where you are.

    And not everyone is as intelligent as you to understand that the phone may be tracking your location because you turned on location services.

    As you say, carriers are required to capture location information so what's the big deal?

    Maybe its because most people don't realize the carriers are required to capture that information.

    Just like most people don't realize that the FBI or police can go to a carrier and request such information as where you are and who you called WITHOUT A WARRANT!

    Anyone who thinks they can stay hidden while using any electronic device does not understand how things work.

    Um, no it doesn't. A GPS device gets signals from satellites to determine your position. That's it. It doesn't need to tell people that. It doesn't need to store that. And yet so many devices do, don't they. And why would one think it would?

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