1. TechSpot is dedicated to computer enthusiasts and power users. Ask a question and give support. Join the community here.
    TechSpot is dedicated to computer enthusiasts and power users.
    Ask a question and give support.
    Join the community here, it only takes a minute.
    Dismiss Notice

Your cell phone signal won't be tracked at stores -- for now

By Matthew · 15 replies
Nov 29, 2011
Post New Reply
  1. The holidays have been spoiled for two malls that planned to electronically track customers. The Promenade Temecula in California and Short Pump Town Center in Virginia announced plans last week…

    Read the whole story
  2. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    Next they'll want to read your emails to determine trending patterns. What could possibly go wrong?
  3. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,041   +793

    Or they'll start monitoring how many times you go to the toilet to monitor your eating habits to give you relavent adverts personalised to your needs...
  4. Guardian31756

    Guardian31756 TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Lets just pray that Path Intelligence has no association with Google !

    It's strange but I see a connection between the update regarding Google Maps on Android and this, anyone else ?
  5. if i was a mall owner i would track it and not saying anything. no laws broken, no identifying features, just plain old traffic. If you care about this, then you better get mad at your city where you live when they track traffic usage of certain streets.
  6. Tracking is good for business; feed the sheep with what it wants and there will be more money for the one who sells the food ;)
    GImme tracking!
  7. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    My car doesn't contain personal information which could or could not be accessed without my consent to someone I do not know, much less trust.

    You seem to be under the wrong impression that all of us are sheep.
  8. Mindwraith

    Mindwraith TS Enthusiast Posts: 186

    why do businesses think they need all this information to provide services to us?
    if i want to buy a sandwich, i'll buy a damn sandwich. i dont need them to research my buying patterns to determine when im most likely to want a sandwich...
  9. I don't usually carry a cell phone, so I guess I would be an Irregularity in the tracking. Some phantom purchased something from a vendor but we don't know how he/she got in the store.
  10. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,041   +793

    lol! and the security guard would follow you around making sure your not a criminal...
  11. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,837   +1,180

    Yes, exactly. You are a sheep. Just like every other poster in this story. Consider the following...

    1) The story on CNN points out that the tracking is done anonymously (should have mentioned that, TS)
    2) Your face is already on a security camera.
    3) Politicians LOVE things like this because they can oppose something that appears to violate a civil right without any downside. Now Schumer can campaign on how he 'protected' us.
    4) Schumer described the anonymous tracking as 'tapping into your cell phone'. On the truth-o-meter that cruises right past 'exaggeration' and into 'blatent lie'.

    So yes... you're a sheep. Think for your self, and use some common sense. The store doesn't care about you or your 'personal information' and neither does the senator. He just wants the opportunity to 'defend' us so it can be in a commercial when campaign time rolls around.
  12. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 838   +28

    I don't like the idea of being tracked - even anonymously. First time I heard about "Footpath" it gave me the creeps.

    And yes your face is on security footage - but its a hell of a lot more work for someone to track me through the mall on security footage then it is for a device to record my phone's ID number. Have you ever tried to watch security footage? Most camera's people use you could barely get a facial recognition, more likely to be able to tell its a "White male" and that's about it.
  13. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    There's a difference between going around knowing you're being monitored and not liking it, and going around and being monitored without you ever knowing it.

    Your definition of not being a sheep would have to include me going everyone in a mask and being completely disconnected from my friends and family.
  14. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,837   +1,180

    Tortured, if it's anonymous, then nothing would be recording your phone's ID.

    I would imagine though that if security saw on a camera a person they knew to be a shoplifter, they could mark their dot on whatever Footpath map they have and they could watch that dot walk around the store and they'd be able to know easily which camera to use to watch that person.

    In practice it's no different than what they do today, which is have someone follow you around in person.
  15. your car gives more personal info that your phone does at the mall... your car has a license plate which can be used to track you by anyone.

    all they are tracking is a signal, nothing more. They don't know your number, your name, nothing. Just a signal.
  16. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    I'd rather have someone follow me around.

Similar Topics

Add New Comment

You need to be a member to leave a comment. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate.
TechSpot Account You may also...