March 31, 2013
Mobile Phones Have Fingerprints, Too
Researchers at MIT and Belgium's Louvain University discovered that 95% of mobile phone users generate location info, accessible to law enforcement, which are even more unique than fingerprints. FastCompany reports.
A new paper published in Nature called “Unique in the Crowd: The Privacy Bounds of Human Mobility,” claims that 95% of mobile phone users can be identified based entirely on their patterns of movement. Mobile phones routinely ping cell phone antennas as customers travel from place to place, even if the phone is not being used--and even if the phone is turned off. The only way to prevent a phone from pinging antennas is to physically remove the battery.
Related: - Mobile location data 'present anonymity risk' (BBC)
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