NSA Publishes Guide to Limit Location Data Exposure

· Andrew Orr · Link

The NSA recently published a guide on how to limit location data exposure on your devices. Direct link to the PDF here.

The guidelines are geared more for government officials, but the advice itself can be useful for those hoping to stop sending so much location data to tech companies, ad firms, or apps that may then expose it later.

It’s a useful guide, albeit strict.

NYT Reporters Used a Leaked Location Database to Track the President

· Andrew Orr · Link

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I don’t think it’s hyperbole to call this piece “explosive”, “stunning” et cetera. Reporters at the New York Times found a database of location data containing “50 billion location pings from the phones of more than 12 million Americans.” These Americans included two Secret Service agents (and by extension the President), a Department of Defense official, CIA agents leaving for home, and much more. The article is a nightmare to browse because it’s one of their interactive ones, but it’s still worth the read.

The data reviewed by Times Opinion didn’t come from a telecom or giant tech company, nor did it come from a governmental surveillance operation. It originated from a location data company, one of dozens quietly collecting precise movements using software slipped onto mobile phone apps.

More on the Bounty Hunter Location Data Story

· Andrew Orr · News

There’s more to the bounty hunter location data story that Motherboard reported on earlier this month. One of the data brokers involved was Zumigo.