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Can The NSA Really Track Turned-Off Cellphones?
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Councillor CarlC174
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12/11/2014 | 3:20:36 AM
re: Can The NSA Really Track Turned-Off Cellphones?
There is a seperate battery which runs the GPS system on most phones, with the technology now days it is easy to find a phone that is turned off even with the battery out as GPS battery much harder to remove.

My advice leave your phone at home.
justanotherengineer
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8/1/2013 | 6:30:18 PM
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Combine this with the recent 'apps' that use the accelerometer to determine when to take some pictures, and record some sounds (aka PlaceRaider) . . . and you have the ultimate in surveillance. People who voluntarily bug themselves.
Cara Latham
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7/28/2013 | 2:56:43 PM
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Exactly why their access -- or the potential they have to access it -- is worrisome.
moarsauce123
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7/27/2013 | 10:36:38 AM
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Your interpretation of "doing something wrong" may fall inline with the popular definition, but governments consider things "wrong" for quite many reasons. I leave it up to you to spin that thought further on.
moarsauce123
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7/27/2013 | 10:34:49 AM
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There is still the option to take a hammer. Any iPhone will be off for sure after that.
OtherJimDonahue
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7/25/2013 | 6:29:38 PM
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This could have come in handy when I lost my cellphone last week.

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Alex Kane Rudansky
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7/25/2013 | 5:02:01 PM
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Cara, I agree. The element of choice is significant. While most Americans have nothing to hide, the idea that we have no control over what the government can access is concerning. Nordstrom's tracking is still concerning, but at least consumers can opt out.
MyW0r1d
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7/25/2013 | 4:50:13 PM
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From the point of view of dropping added chips in a cell phone, sealed phones like the iPhone certainly make doing so much more time consuming. They also make removing the battery (ensuring off means off) logically impossible. Next DLP step to avoid corporate espionage, check your iPhones at the door before entering company strategy meetings. Wouldn't it be nice to have a meeting once again with everyone focused rather than distracted by texting, catching the latest news on their phone or forgetting to turn on the mute features?
Rick_in_WV2day
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7/25/2013 | 2:05:45 PM
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Even if your cell phone is turned of its still emitting a signal. So are your rfid chips in credit cards. 1984 just came a little too late but it's here to stay...
Cara Latham
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7/25/2013 | 1:38:18 PM
re: Can The NSA Really Track Turned-Off Cellphones?
The difference between retailers accessing my smartphone -- and only providing warning -- and the government accessing my phone is that I can choose whether or not to enter Nordstrom and be subjected to it. While I am certain that I am not doing anything that would set off alarms at the NSA, CIA, or any governmental agencies, the fact that the government can still have access to my phone without my having a say is unsettling.


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