New Android app warns you when you’re being tracked

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  1. Revmitchell

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    A group led by a Rutgers University professor just created an Android smartphone app that notifies users when their location data is being tracked and transmitted by another app.

    Assistant professor Janne Lindqvist’s new app displays a banner across Android screens saying, “Your location is accessed by [app name],” when said app is transmitting location data, taking advantage of technology already present on the Android operating system that few users were aware even existed.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/01/31/new-android-app-warns-you-when-youre-being-tracked/#ixzz2rxoJR2nN
     
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    have wondered if someone has a program to scan your computer for spy tracking hardware. The app should really sell well.
     
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    I don't need no stinking app. I've got a rotary phone and Spidey-sense. You develop that from being on a party line. The Spidey-sense, that is. You know somebody's snooping 'cause you can hear cows mooing in the background and you ain't got cows and neither does your Momma.

    You just know Lloyd, down the road, is in the cow barn snooping and listening in on folk's conversation. Now with Lloyd you can just drive down to his cow barn and cut the wire or unscrew the handset and take out the hearing part. Phone rings and Lloyd's yelling, "Hello! Hello!" and can't hear a thing. :laugh: That'll learn him.

    Now take that NSA for example. They ain't got no cow barns so you can't hear them snooping. They got all them high falutin electronic snoopers. They're poking your Android without permission and that's just wrong. Shut 'em down I say!
     
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    If your aneroid causes you to sin....throw it in the creek! Better to use a plain phone than get GPS.
     
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    Next time you download or update a smartphone app, check the details of what the app does. Nearly all of them say your acceptance of use means they will track your location, access your contacts, use your wireless networks, and perhaps even raid your refrigerator, kick your dog and steal your car. Every time I find such nonsense in my app update requests, I decline. One of these days none of my apps are going to work, but hey! I'd rather not be followed around by inanimate techno-nerds made up of nothing but electrons.
     
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    When you mean tracking, what specifically do you mean?

    Like I know there are cellphones that tell people where you are. We use it to track the locations of our drivers & also the speed they are going & the routes they are taking to get to their destinations. Thats kinda creepy if used to keep tabs for EVERYONE all the time.....a BIG BROTHER in your pocket.
     
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    My grandmother was really bad about eavesdropping on the party line.

    Our ring was two shorts and a long.
     
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    Lloyd thought all the rings were his. Every call started the same way:

    Hello.

    Hey, this is (your choice of caller).

    Oh, hi. Just a minute... Hang up, Lloyd. I got it.

    Moo.

    I don't think Lloyd had a phone in the house. Lloyd was the NSA Party Line Department.
     

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