You have been asked and are you really concerned about modern tracking technologies

The results are very mixed. I must say that I expected a clearer result, with less skepticism towards these technologies. Location-based apps are just about everywhere, and the use cases for trackers are huge.

You are suspicious of apps that use geolocation

But I was wrong. To our first question, “Do you use apps that tell you your real location?”, 44% of voters answered “Yes” and 39% “No.” 17% of participants said they used these apps before, but not consistently. On our German site, the responses were a little more divided: 43 affirmative answers versus 55% negative answers.

Our French and German readers refrain from using such applications. / © NextPit

Our readers are very aware of their privacy and their security, and in particular our French readers, who only 18% use apps that report their location in real time, compared to 66% of those who avoid them. While participation rates were low on our French site and our international site, you overwhelmingly shared your concerns about tracking technologies and linked them to broader issues:

Whether we have a dedicated application or not, we are under surveillance. Spread the word!

Vince, NextPit.fr

“We live in a society of control,” Gilles Deleuze said in the 1970s.
With connected objects, this spreads even more easily, but the source of the problem is different. Whether it is a state, a company or a neighbor, it does not change anything, it is necessary to change the state of consciousness of modern people.

Louis Hori, NextPit.fr

I hope Louis will be happy to hear that NextPit readers are against the standardization of surveillance. It is clear from this survey that people are skeptical about the existence of these technologies, and the responses show similar concerns in various areas. 56% of voters on our international site and 59% on our French site are alarmed by modern tracking devices. This is also in line with our German website, albeit in a more moderate way, with 35% of the votes.

Nextpit pollresults alarm frequency

Are you worried about the development of tracking technologies / © NextPit

Looking further into the votes from the German site, we saw a lot of skepticism. Despite the fact that, as we have already said, 43% of German voters use such applications, only 17% do not care about it, and this opinion is shared by French readers. Then there was an almost even division of opinion, with 21% knowing but not worried, and 24% worried but thought the benefit was worth the risk.

On our international site, things were different. After those worried about these tracking technologies, 26% of voters said they were worried but thought the benefits were worth the risk.

Paranoia or simple caution?

In conclusion, we find that while half of our readers use or have used geolocation apps, most of them are either concerned or dismayed by tracking technologies. I don’t think this is an indication of paranoia among our readers, but the fear of being harassed is very real and you seem to be well aware of how these technologies can be misused.

And, as many note in the comments, it is not only about the immediate threat of persecution, but also about the availability of this information to unverified third parties and data leakage. In addition, many of you wanted to express your dissatisfaction with the fact that these companies themselves have access to your location data:

It is a concern to combine and evaluate various data from equipment or service providers, which are then also shared with third party providers. It’s not just about tracking, it’s about all the data that comes in and the ever-increasing capabilities of AI to better and better evaluate more and more data.

Olaf Gutrun, NextPit.de

I’m fine. The very fact that devices can collect location information with such accuracy is alarming. Yes, these relationships with companies are governed by mutual agreements, privacy policies and a significant number of regulations (especially in the EU with the GDPR). But a bad actor has the ability to both stalk and become a more immediate threat. I deliberately avoid questions about “persecution” by states, as they are probably better suited for an opinion piece.

However, this is a risk that simply comes from being able to track your location with such accuracy, as the first level of trust exists between you and the device manufacturer, app developer, and regulators. It’s a threat that’s been around for a while, but readily available consumer technology that makes it easy to track you without a trace represents a whole new level of danger, and I’m glad to see you are aware and concerned about it.

That’s all for today. Want to talk more about video surveillance standardization? Do you think this is a problem? Thank you for participating in this survey and see you Friday for the new survey of the week.


original article

I have to admit, I’m the type of person who tends to forget my wallet during airport checks, leave my keys on a park bench, and more than once leave my bag, backpack with all my gadgets in the university library. So it was only natural that I appreciated the idea of ​​having a wireless tracker to find my lost items.

Over the years, many solutions have come to the aid of people like me: Samsung and Apple have used ingenious innovations to safely find lost items. Take AirTags as an example: they use Apple’s vast user base to “crowdsource” their location. If you leave an item with an AirTag attached and another person with an iOS device passes by, the location will be reported to the Find My app.

But recently, several cases of AirTags being used for harassment purposes have been reported to authorities. Apple has attempted to address the issue by saying that it is doing its best to mitigate security issues through software patches. Whether these solutions are sufficient is another question. The truth is that harassment or espionage, “stalking” seems to be on the rise lately and modern technology plays a big role in encouraging this behavior.

Are you worried about the new stalking methods?

Harassment is not a new practice. The image of a man waiting in the bushes with binoculars in the background as the main antagonist has been somewhat romanticized in popular media. This is a serious problem that is the flip side of modern technologies, namely their constant presence in everyday applications.

  • Want to know if AirTags are safe? Read our dedicated article to find out!

For example, Snap Map is a real-time geolocation feature that notifies your friends of your last recorded location through the popular Snapchat messaging app.

The gay dating app Grindr (or bisexual or bi-curious) is another platform where harassment occurs, and it can be even a little more dangerous because other users in your area can see your location to within a meter, and you cannot change it. . Without further ado, here’s the first question in our survey this week:

As fun as it is to find your friends for a quick chat, these apps carry the risk of someone knowing your location, which can backfire even if there is no malicious intent or actual confrontation.

But I’m curious how our tech-savvy readers tackle these questions. What do you think about the evolution of tracking devices and applications that have become widely available?

If you want my opinion, it’s a matter of control. I can control who sees my Instagram and Snapchat stories, but with the development of location-based technology, I can’t help but worry because I just can’t tell if I’m being tracked.

Apple solutions don’t make me feel safer. Downloading an app that checks for someone else’s AirTag nearby raises the suspicion of the person being tracked, which may come too late.

As for the solution to this problem, for commercial trackers, apart from a complete ban, I do not see them. And you? Do you agree with this idea? Or is there another solution to the tracker problem? Let me know in the comments!

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