Your Smartphone Allows You To Be Tracked Wherever You Go
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New technology by locations services firm Navizon allows anyone carrying a WiFi-equipped smartphone to be tracked without their knowledge or consent.
The technology, called Navizon I. T. S. (which stands for Indoor Triangulation System), uses WiFi triangulation to track any smartphone that has WiFi enabled that falls within an area covered by Navizon’s proprietary tracking “nodes.” The users isn’t given any warning that they’re being tracked and isn’t given any option to opt out.
Unlike technologies that rely on GPS signals from satellites, this tracking technology is just as effective indoors as it is outdoors.
Not only can the technology track a smartphone with pinpoint accuracy, because each device transmits a unique signature, it can recognize if a smartphone has been detected previously.
It’s important to note that while this system can track any WiFi-enabled device (such as iPhones, iPads, Android devices, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Symbian and notebook computers), it can’t tell any more about you of your device other than where you are, where you’ve been, and where you’re headed.
Navizon claim the system can be used to track shoppers in a mall, employees in an office building, or medical staff at a hospital.
If this gives you the creeps and you don’t want your movements tracked by such a system, then your only defense is to make sure that you disable WiFi on your devices when you’re not using it.
It’s amazing how technology has the capability to leave you simultaneously amazed and creeped-out