MAC database operators will know not only the locations of people who opt into their system, but of people who opt out, since people who opt in report the device identities of those who don't.
But breaches of telecommunications laws may be easier to prove in the case of content than of device-identifiers…
We need to reach into the future and understand why commercial interests should not be allowed to enter our device space.
Google's apology for accidentally collecting network traffic is beside the point. Their misappropriation of our personal, home and business network identitifiers was done on purpose.
The idea that Google would, without our consent, employ our home networks for its own commercial purposes betrays a problem of ethics and a lack of control.
The digital ink on my last Bluetooth piece was barely dry, if digital ink dries, before Roland Dobbins wrote with a comment I'm sure will be subscribed to by many readers: If you'd either a) disable Bluetooth on your phone, etc. (the safest option) or b) at least set them so that they're not visible/browsable … Continue reading Turning off Bluetooth
Since I seem to be on the subject of Bluetooth again, I want to tell you about an experience I had recently that put a gnarly visceral edge on my opposition to technologies that serve as tracking beacons for us as private individuals. I was having lunch in San Diego with Paul Trevithick, Stefan Brands … Continue reading Just a few scanning machines…
Here's a good summary of what those of us working on InfoCards are trying to do, written by Johannes Ernst of Netmesh and LID. At DIDW Microsoft released a whitepaper referencing InfoCards called Microsoft's Vision of an Identity Metasystem. But Johannes has zoomed in on a number of very interesting pieces in the puzzle – … Continue reading Fast Forward to InfoCards