[FoRK] That’s No Phone. That’s My Tracker.

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Mon Jul 16 11:33:59 PDT 2012

Only when everyone you call is participating with you in a traffic mixer, TOR-like, where the actual connection is hidden, could you 
possibly have real privacy.  Even then, many things could give you away.

Relative to my previous message about how a group could create a real privacy cloud/cone ("light cone" has a geeky ring to it), 
you'd want some way to continuously validate it.  Otherwise, you just have something between hubris and security theater.  Perhaps 
we need a continual game of "find me" or "who am I talking to?" or "what am I saying?" where everyone actively tracks the trackable 
(police car #123 spotted at GPS:...) to provide an illustration and test of security measures.  That has the possibly nice / 
possibly nefarious side effect of a reason for tracking.

What is worse?

  * Federal government tracking
  * Local government tracking (overactive local yocals, Arizona supreme sheriff et al)
  * Individuals tracking many others
  * Special interest groups tracking other target groups?


On 7/16/12 10:34 AM, Lucas Gonze wrote:
> I used a prepaid cash phone for a couple years to try to preserve
> privacy. But eventually I needed to use a credit card to pay for my
> chip just once and then everything I had ever done with cash became
> linkable.
> Not that there was ever much of a point to this - your calling pattern
> surely reveals who you are, and using a prepaid cash SIM probably
> flags your account.
> Thus ended my futile experiment in privacy. I am happier now that I
> have given in.
> On Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 8:20 AM, Gregory Alan Bolcer <greg at bolcer.org> wrote:
>> Or unless you voluntarily and unknowingly opt in as is almost always the
>> case.
>> Greg
>> On 7/16/2012 8:13 AM, Stephen Williams wrote:
>>> The Supreme Court decision on GPS should mean that your location
>>> information is off limits unless there is a search warrant.

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