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Israel will use phone location data to identify and quarantine people exposed to COVID-19

Israel is gearing up for a new offensive in the fight against coronavirus, and it involves the unprecedented use of mobile phone location data. The country's cabinet passed the emergency law during an overnight session, allowing the government to use location data to find out where people with coronavirus have been and with whom they might have come into contact.

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FCC reportedly fining AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon at least $200 million for selling location data

The nation's big four carriers felt free to broker their customers' cellphone location data to third parties for years in order to make an easy secondhand buck off of the people who already pay them to deliver expensive wireless internet to their expensive devices. Turns out that the FCC isn't happy with their behavior and, according to Reuters's sources, may be prepared to levy an eight-digit fine against the networks.

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Sundar Pichai shares Google's ambition for 'plus code' coordinates helping those without legal addresses

Many people take legal residences and their significance for granted, but in a lot of places around the world, some individuals don't have or use proper addresses. This makes it hard to access banking and emergency services, let alone receive mail. In a blog post dedicated to Google Maps' 15th birthday today, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has shared his vision on how these people may someday be able to use the company's open-source plus codes as an alternative.

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How to enhance privacy on your Android phone

Google offers an extensive software suite virtually free of charge, but that doesn't mean the company isn't making any profit when you use Android and its pre-installed apps. In part thanks to tracking your activity, Google can paint a pretty complete picture of your life that helps marketers target their ads towards you. Some third-party apps also leech on your personal data for similar reasons. If you'd rather keep as much as possible to yourself, there are a few things you can do without switching to another OS, but beware that turning off some of Google's tracking mechanisms comes with disadvantages.

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How to hack a GPS into your DSLR or mirrorless camera with the help of Google Photos

Smartphone cameras are pretty great, but sometimes, you'd like to actually pull out that DSLR or mirrorless you own and take it out with some friends for a photoshoot all across town. You'd also like to keep track of where your posse's been that day, but the problem is your kit isn't equipped with a GPS. Well, if you're not aware already, you can link up your phone's location data to your snaps with the help of a couple Google services.

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[Update: Tests stopped] Netflix wants to use your physical activity data to improve video playback quality

There's nothing worse than watching your favorite show and having it pause to buffer at the most intriguing moment. Unfortunately, commuters can experience this quite often, but Netflix is trying an unusual way to solve this issue. Indeed, the company is testing how it can improve video quality while a viewer is on the go by tracking their "physical activity."

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Android Q Beta 3 adds location sharing reminders for background apps

Android Q already introduced a new feature that allows users to restrict an app's access to location data so it is only available while the app is in the foreground. Along with this change, a new screen was also added to Settings that gives users far more visibility of current settings and which apps have recently used this access to get your position. A new aspect of these enhancements was introduced during the Google I/O keynote that will give reminders to users when an app is accessing location while sitting in the background.

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Facebook introduces new location privacy controls for Android

Facebook has definitely earned its sour reputation, but the company has been scrambling in the last few months to try to regain some of its users' trust. Today, it announced some new location control settings for Android (and iOS), an update which aims to give people more control over just how much information they share with the social network.

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[Update: Possible class action lawsuit] Google clarifies its language about Location History settings, but there’s still room for improvement

Google's location-tracking practices endured a new wave of scrutiny at the start of this week thanks to an investigation by The Associated Press, which put some meat on the bones of suspicion many users have harbored for a while now. By week's end, Google updated some language on the help page for its Location History setting, though its tracking policies remain largely unintelligible for the everyday consumer. And to be clear, the company has not changed anything about how it actually tracks the location of its users.

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Supreme Court rules authorities need warrant to gather phone location data

Gathering location data just became trickier for authorities. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that accessing a suspect's cell phone location history should require a warrant. The decision came at the end of Carpenter v. United States, the first case about location data the Supreme Court has ruled on.

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