Is location-data tracking the next big target for cyber criminals?
Exeter based Krowdthink and Open Rights Group have joined forces to launch Optmeoutoflocation.com to encourage the British public to demand that mobile and Wi-Fi service providers are explicit about what they are asking their customers to opt into and provide clear choices for opting out. The campaign also offers guidance regarding minimising location tracking possibilities.
Two reports reveal serious threat posed by location tracking by the mobile and Wi-Fi service industry
High net worth individuals, children and householders could all be at significant risk from cyber criminals targeting historic location data that has been collected by our mobile phone and Wi-Fi services providers.
Two reports: They Know Where You Are (Krowdthink) and Cashing in on your mobile? (Open Rights Group) have examined the contracts, policies and practices of the mobile phone and Wi-Fi industry. Both reports highlight that consumers are unwittingly signing up to be location tracked 24/7 and that the highly sensitive data this generates is being used and sold on for commercial benefit. They conclude that consumers deserve to know and to not have their consent assumed.