So the news has been talking about mobile carriers selling location data. I get that this is a huge privacy infringement but how are the “bad guys” practically and creatively using this information?
I could see how location data would help in emergency situations but other than that I don’t see what the harmful situations would be? Enlighten me.
Also, when these companies “pledge” that they will no longer be selling this information isn’t what’s sold already sold? I mean they can’t take back the location that they’ve already given right?
If the location wasn’t their’s to sell in the first place, whomever they sold it to is in possession of stolen property.
They are using it to locate people without probable cause or warrants.
An anti-<fill in the blank> government can spy on its citizens then persecute them for visiting <fill in the blank> based on this data when they return home.
Anti-abortion groups can use the data to harass those that visit an abortion provider.
Employers could use the data to terminate employees visiting mental health services.
There are all kinds of use cases.