Saturday, June 09, 2018

You are Being Watched

There are at least three security cameras on this street corner in San Francisco. If I have my phone with me, Google knows exactly where I have been.  Once a month Google sends me a link to where I have been in the past month.  It is incredibly detailed. How detailed, last November I presented a workshop in a hotel ballroom in Huntington Beach, California.  I tend to walk around the room when I teach, Google tracked me pacing back and forth in the room. For months Google sent me traffic alerts for my daily commute, only one problem I last drove to the office May 4, 2015.  A couple of months ago, my phone asked me if I would like updates on public transit, and did I prefer busses or trains.  I selected trains.  Now I get updates on delayed trains.  

I am not bothered by this. I do little that I would be embarrassed by others knowing about, nothing that the police state really cares about.  If I don't want to be tracked, I need to leave my phone off, and stay away from the cameras.  

Do you care if Google or Apple knows where you are?  


  1. It is a bit disturbing. But maybe they can help if I leave my wallet or sunglasses somewhere???

    Meanwhile, on the other side of the coin, it could be helpful in murder cases possibly? Or if someone goes missing perhaps.

  2. I find it disturbing but I don't know really what can be done about it in this day and age.

  3. NO ONE knows where I am cause I don't have a phone! I like it that way!

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