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Why cellphone privacy matters in a post-Roe world

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At Politico Release Supreme Court Judge Samuel Alito Draft opinion It will be the original Roe v. Wade, a number of commentator We observed how difficult it is for women in states who have made abortions illegal to travel safely to abortion clinics elsewhere. Their phone ” Location history Will give them, or maybe theirs Search history right.flat Their text You may do so.

If people unknowingly want to travel to an abortion clinic Good faith adviceThey need to plan their trip in the way CIA operatives might do – and Burner phone..As Cybersecurity and privacy researchersI know it’s not enough to guarantee privacy.

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Using the map app to plan routes, send terms to search engines, and chat online are ways people are willing to share their personal data. However, mobile devices share far more data than user statements and inputs. They share information with the network about who people contacted, when they contacted, how long the communication lasted, and the type of device used. The device needs to do so in order to connect a phone or send an email.

Who is talking to whom

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden Disclosure That National Security Agency I was collecting metadata for American phones – Call details record – In summary, there was a surprise of many people to track down terrorists. The public was naturally concerned about the loss of privacy.

Researchers at Stanford University later found a detailed record of the call and publicly available information. Reveal sensitive informationWhether someone had a heart problem and the arrhythmia monitor was malfunctioning, or was considering opening a marijuana pharmacy. In many cases, you don’t have to listen to know what someone is thinking or planning. You can let go of everything by recalling a detailed record of who called who when.

Transmission information in Internet-based communication – IP packet header – You can reveal more than a call detail record. When you make an encrypted voice call (Voice over IP call) over the Internet, the content may be encrypted, but the information in the packet header may still be encrypted. Leak some of the words you are speaking..

Pocket full of sensors

This is not the only information provided by communication devices. Smartphones are computers, Many sensors.. There are gyroscopes and accelerometers for your cell phone to display information properly. It has a power sensor to extend the life of the battery. Magnetometer to provide direction.

Just as communication metadata can be used to track executions, these sensors can be used for other purposes as well. You can also turn off GPS so that the app can’t track your location, Data from telephone gyroscopes, accelerometers, magnetometers You can also track where you are going.

This sensor data can be attractive to businesses. for example, Facebook has a patent It relies on various wireless networks near the user to determine when two people may be in frequent proximity on a meeting or commuter bus as the basis for providing referrals. Spooky? You bet As a child on the New York City Subway, the last thing I want is a phone that introduces people who are getting too close to me in the subway car over and over again.

Uber is people I really want to ride when the battery power is low.. Does the company check that data and charge more? Uber doesn’t claim There is a possibility..

And it’s not just apps that can access this set of data. Data broker Get this information from your app, compile it with other data and provide it to your enterprise, government Use it for your own purposes. Doing so avoids legal protection that requires law enforcement agencies to go to court before obtaining this information.

Beyond consent

There is not much that users can do to protect themselves. Communication metadata and device telemetry (information from phone sensors) are used to send, deliver, and display content. It is usually impossible not to include them. Also, unlike conscious search terms and map locations, metadata and telemetry are sent without being displayed.

Providing consent is not plausible. This data is too much and too complicated to determine each case. Different applications (video, chat, web surfing, email) use different metadata and telemetry usage. It is virtually impossible to provide true informed consent that knows the information provided and its intended use.

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If you use your cell phone for purposes other than paperweight, visit a cannabis pharmacy and personality – how Extroverted you Or whether May go out with family since the 2016 elections – Learn and share from metadata and telemetry.

This also applies to burner phones purchased in cash, at least if you plan to turn on the phone. If you do so when you have a regular phone, you will find that the two phones are associated, and perhaps even their own.Slightly Can be identified by 4 location points User, another way your burner phone can reveal your identity. If you are driving with someone else, they will have to be careful as well, otherwise their phone will identify them – and you. Metadata and telemetry information reveal an amazing amount about you. But you can’t decide who gets that data or how they handle it.

The reality of technical life

Anonymity has a constitutional guarantee. For example, the Supreme Court has the right to associate First revisionthat is Right to personally associate, Without providing a membership list to the state. But for smartphones, it’s virtually an unrealistic right to exercise. Unless you work in a remote part of the country, it’s almost impossible to work without a mobile phone.With a paper map Public telephone Virtually disappeared. If you want to travel from here, make reservations, order takeaways, check the weather, or anything else, you need a smartphone.

It’s not just the people who want an abortion that are endangering their privacy from this data on the phone. Your child may be applying for a job. For example, companies can check location data to see if they are participating in political protests. Or, if your gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer data tell you that you and your colleague went to the same hotel room at night, you might be.

There is a way to solve this chilling scenario. It is to require by law or regulation to use the data provided to send and receive communications (TikTok, SnapChat, YouTube) solely for that purpose, nothing else. It helps those who are going to have an abortion, and all of us.

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