Location data is almost never anonymous.
For what appears to be the first time, a public figure, after publicly declaring an anonymous cell phone location, disclosed previously sensitive and private details of his life. p>
The information that led to Borrell's removal is said to have been obtained legally. Mobile phone companies sell and still sell location data to intermediaries who collect and sell it to a wide range of buyers, including advertisers, law enforcement, roadside services, and even fishermen. In 2018, telecom companies sold real-time data to intermediaries by selling congressional retail sales. But after carriers made public announcements and promised to fix the method, research showed that phone's location data still showed up where it shouldn't. This year, T-Mobile is expanding its offering and selling customer data and web apps to third parties unless people opt out.Advertising
ReadingVerizon and AT&T have stopped selling your phone's location to data The post that disclosed use of Burrill's own app, The Pillar, did not say where or how Burrill's data was obtained. But she did point out how to anonymize the data collected to link use of the Grindr app to a device that appears to be a Burrill phone.
The column states that it obtained 24 months of Action Plan signal data, covering the 2018, 2019 and 2020 sections, which included Grindr usage logs and app usage locations. This address resets the addresses Borrell was frequenting to to zero, and separates the ID of the device that was shown in those locations. Key locations included Borrell's USCCB office, his USCCB residence, and USCCB meetings and events in other cities he attended. The analysis also looked at remote sites, including the family's lake house, family residences and apartments in his hometown of Wisconsin.
Anonymous information has shown that the cell phone device featured at those sites — likely a Borel phone, according to the column — uses Grindr almost daily. He also says data "related to" the pastor's phone indicates that he visited gay bars, including while traveling for work. The column provided the information to the USCCB prior to its release, and announced Borrell's resignation conference yesterday. While this may be the first time he's been a public figure on the Internet, Andres Aretta, director of consumer privacy engineering at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told Ares: "Activities are not anonymous.
As shown in the entire data, “Unfortunately, that often happens to people.” “There are companies that invest their personal capital in finding the real person behind the advertising identifiers.” Plus, it's very easy to anonymize the data the way the column did. All you have to do is anonymize the data, Arita said. To buy data is pretending to be a company.” He added, “No special technical skills are required to sort the data.”Advertising
The column managed to keep the information anonymous because it wasn't anonymous in the first place. Butler said the data not associated with the name The person but still has a unique identifier is what is known as “aliased data.” There are several ways to mask the identity of real data. One common method is known as “differential privacy,” where noise is injected into the data, which is useful for statistical purposes but attempts to It is frustrating to associate separate data points with individuals On the other hand, alias data makes it relatively easy to associate personal records with one person, depending on what is in the collection.
READ MORE “Bad mergers” and anti-competitive claims directed at Biden’s execution order “When talking about location data, it is basically possible to have a working pseudonym” No, because the location data footprint is very obvious “When location data is linked to a record, it will be easy to associate it with the person,” Butler said. “Most people are basically fingerprints in their lives. They live at home, work, go to certain places. Studies have shown that we only rely on a few key points per week. We will definitely get to know them.
President Biden's recent executive order, drawing attention to user data monitoring and his nomination of Lina Khan to the Federal Trade Commission, suggests that action may be taken soon. Be. To prevent this kind of exploitation, there must be business support, Butler said. technical and legal for this type of data and the protection of individuals.”
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