US researchers and experts are constantly exploring the smartness of your plans and whereabouts, and the amount of information you share with companies that want to track every move you make, hoping to target you more effectively.
A number of researchers at American universities have commented on The Conception about the work of these technologies and the privacy problems they pose. Here are the most important observations.
1. Most applications publish personal information. A new study conducted at the University of California-Berkeley found that 7 out of 10 applications share personal information, such as location and applications, with companies that track users in the digital and real world, according to Digital Privacy Scientist Narcio Valena Rodriguez , And Srikanth Sandarisan. It was found that 15 per cent of the applications studied by the study sent data to five or more tracking sites.
One in four phone operators receives "at least one identifying statement, such as a telephone number that is necessary for electronic surveillance services, because it allows the connection of different types of personal data provided by different applications to a single person or device."
2. Stop tracking is not always effective. Tracking may even affect people who control their phones to prevent them from monitoring their activity. Guevara Nubier, a computer scientist at Northeastern University, found that "the phone can listen to the user's finger and print, to discover the secret word. Carrying your phone in your pocket can make it easy for companies to see where you are and where you are going. "
3. Your personal file has a material value. All of this information about your identity, location, and what you do, is compiled into detailed, high-resolution digital files and converted into funds. Jonathan Weinberg, a law professor at Wayne State University, explains that "By collecting data online and offline, Facebook can set initial prices for an advertiser who wants to target people, for example, in a particular city, who communicate over long distances, Small ».
4. Laws are absent in the United States. The United States currently lacks many regulatory laws that protect digital applications and services for people's privacy and data. "Federal laws protect medical information, financial data, and records associated with education," Florian Schopp, a Michigan University privacy researcher, wrote. "Electronic services and applications are subject to little regulation, although children need to be protected and the marketing of inappropriate emails is limited, And to inform people of the areas in which their data are being collected. "
European laws in this area are more comprehensive, but the fundamental problem remains that electronic devices that accompany people on a permanent basis are collecting and sharing large amounts of information about their lives in the real world.