Monday, April 25, 2011



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16 And he(FALSE POPE) causeth all,(WORLD SOCIALISM) both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:(CHIP IMPLANT)
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.(6-6-6) A NUMBER SYSTEM



Automatic GPS on your cellphone
Oct. 1, 2001 (8:50 am) By: admi

Sprint is offering the U.S.'s first cellphone equipped for GPS-enhanced services today, making it the only company to meet the FCC's mobile phone location detection deadline–and only partially at that. Sprint will sell the Samsung SPH-N300 phone for US$149.99 (though it's not on the Sprint phones Web page yet), and it comes with the GPS (Global Positioning System) location functionality mandated by the Federal Communications Commission.Because cellphone calls to 911 (estimated at around 140,000 per year) do not give the 911 operator location information, the FCC mandated that wireless companies be able to locate 67 percent of callers to 911 within 50 meters that elect the handset solution while those using network technology must be able to locate the caller within 100 meters. Wireless companies must also have one-quarter of the new cellphones they offer equipped to provide that location information by the end of the year, and all new cellphones so equipped by the end of next year.

Verizon, Cingular, AT&T, and other major carriers all requested delays and have nothing to offer at this point–the FCC will review those requests in the next few days. Sprint also filed a delay request because it is only offering the location service in Rhode Island, and not until next month. Sprint confidently predicts its lead in GPS-enhanced services will be maintained, however, and plans to roll the service out to other locations soon, along with location-based commercial services for cellphone customers, like driving directions, traffic services and entertainment information.For more information, please see the Reuters item. You can also check out the SAM'S OPINION

While I understand the FCC's decision to require automatic location information for 911 calls, I am not happy about wireless carriers and the government being able to pinpoint me whenever I use my cellphone. I guess it's possible that the automatic GPS feed could be blocked when you're not calling 911, but I would be very surprised if that's going to be the case. Basically, we're just going to have to trust our wireless carriers not to watch where we're making calls from. Here's a related news item from August warning of the slippery slope from having that information available for emergency purposes to constant location monitoring every time you use the phone. Yes, the obvious answer is that if you're worried about the privacy infringement you should just do without the cellphone's convenience, but I guess that's not a good enough answer for me–I want to be able to enjoy technology's benefits without having to worry about another piece of my life being recorded on a mainframe somewhere. Ah, the burdens of modernity. In the long run, I guess most people won't let the tracking capabilities bother them (as I won't if I really want a cellphone), but it's important to be aware of them.As for the fact that none of the major wireless carriers are ready for this FCC mandate (Sprint's compliance is only minimal, and it's weird that the phone still isn't showing up on the website, nor at Samsung Electronics' site), I have a feeling there won't be any penalties imposed. If it were just one or two companies that weren't ready it would be a different story, but the fact that none of the big folks had the phones or the infrastructure in place means that the October 1 deadline was unrealistic, whether that's because the phonemakers couldn't get the right chips or whether the big companies didn't take the deadline seriously.

Researcher: iPhone Location Data Already Used By Cops BLOOMBERG BUSINESS-The news that iPhones and iPads keep track of where you go has been known in forensic circles for some time By Bobbie Johnson APR 25,11

When British programmers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden took the stage at the Where 2.0 conference to unveil their work on iPhone location tracking, it was clear they had some big news on their hands. The duo outlined what they called the discovery that your iPhone and 3G iPad [are] regularly recording the position of your device into a hidden file.Their findings started a firestorm of media coverage.But as the details came to light, one researcher was left scratching his head—because he'd already made the same discovery last year.Alex Levinson, 21, works at the Rochester Institute of Technology in western New York, and he has been studying forensic computing and working with Katana Forensics, which makes tools for interrogating iOS devices.In a post on his blog, he explains that the existence of the location database—which tracks the cellphone towers your phone has connected to—has been public in security circles for some time.While it's not widely known, that's not the same as not being known at all.In fact, he has written and presented several papers on the subject and even contributed a chapter on the location data in a book that covers forensic analysis of the iPhone.(One blogger reviewing the book in January mentioned the cell-tower data and says, more and more you realize how much information Apple's mobile devices could contain and how valuable this could be for your investigation.)

Ignoring the Obvious
In his post, Levinson takes issue with the claim of discovery.In fact, he told me by e-mail that Allan and Warden had apparently missed a whole area of existing research conducted by forensic analysts.It was a shock to me when this came out labeled as a discovery,he explains. I watched the video, and they don't appear to be interested in the forensic side of this, which is honestly where the research lies.Part of it seems to be a failure of researchers across different disciplines to plug into each others' work. As Levinson put it, They basically built a bridge without turning to the civil engineers—I'm not the only one familiar with this stuff.Bad communication among researchers, however, isn't the only culprit. Levinson adds that the press missed the story first time around and now seems more focused on the horror of data storage than the reality (for example, there's no evidence, at least at the moment, that the data are sent back to Apple).I do blame the press somewhat for sensationalizing [this] without recourse, he says.I e-mailed 20 of the top media outlets [that] covered this, linking them to my side—none of them replied, except a famous blogger who cursed me.Sometimes this is the case with research, and just because it's not new to you, doesn't mean it's not news. Sometimes the people credited with breakthroughs are the ones who have been able to communicate their ideas to the right people. And clearly Allan and Warden's presentation is having a lot of impact, not least because they have released the tools to make the data obvious to users.

Just an Internal Log?
The truth is, there may be more important things to consider than the issue of who discovered what. Levinson's revelations are more important than that, because he explains that the location data are already being put to use. In his blog post he says (my emphasis):This hidden file is nether new nor secret. It's just moved. Location services have been available to the Apple device for some time. Understand what this file is—log generated by the various radios and sensors located within the device. This file is utilized by several operations on the device that actually are what make this device pretty smart.Through my work with various law enforcement agencies, we've used h-cells.plist on devices older than iOS 4 to harvest geolocational evidence from iOS devices.That's very interesting. It's not that people in some circles already knew about the location data; in fact, the data are actively being used by law enforcement agencies as part of their investigations. Levinson declined to divulge the names of those agencies but told me he had worked with multiple state and federal agencies both in the U.S. and internationally.So when Allan and Warden say, Don't panic … there's no immediate harm that would seem to come from the availability of this data,you have to ask whether that's the case. No court orders are needed to track your location history via an iPhone, since the devices are relatively open. All the investigator needs is the device itself.

Investigation: Government Ordered Cellphone Companies to Spy on Users
Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones Infowars April 25, 2011

The controversy generated as a result of computer researchers discovering a hidden file that allows Apple to track the location of iPhone and iPad users has been treated as a shocking revelation by the media, and yet since October 2001, the FCC has mandated that all wireless carriers track the location of their users down to within 50 feet.Stunned iPhone and iPad owners have only just found out that all of their movements are tracked and stored in a hidden iOS file which gets synced to their PC every time they connect the phone, reports Gadgets and Gizmos. The name of the file is Consolidated.db and it uses the Apple devices’ GPS function to record your location and the time you were there.The secret file was found by computer experts and made public at the recent Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco.The Wall Street Journal expanded on the revelations surrounding Apple on Friday by reporting that Google’s Android smart phones also, Regularly transmit their locations back to…Google, according to data and documents analyzed by The Wall Street Journal—intensifying concerns over privacy and the widening trade in personal data.

Technology writers are seemingly baffled as to why top smart phone producers like Apple and Google are tracking the movements of their users, while lawmakers have also begun asking questions of Apple CEO Steve Jobs.A bizarre initial reaction to the story from some quarters of the media and industry centered around the suggestion that the hidden file was actually a bug which Apple should be looking to fix,a theory dismissed almost instantly after it was confirmed other smart phone manufacturers were also tracking their users and that such efforts were clearly intentional, as the database is being restored across backups, and even device migrations.Indeed, as much as a year ago Apple admitted to the fact that it intermittently collects location data, including GPS coordinates, of many iPhone users and nearby Wi-Fi networks and transmits that data to itself every 12 hours, according to a letter the company sent to U.S. Reps. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Texas),reports the WSJ.Google’s HTC Android phones collect location data every few minutes and transmit that information directly to Google several times an hour, including the unique phone identifier, meaning that Google can keep tabs on the movement of a known individual almost constantly. Since people now ubiquitously carry their cellphones everywhere they go, this is akin to having a tracking microchip implanted in your forehead.However, far from being a recent phenomenon, as the media would have us believe, tracking of individuals via their cellphones has been going on for almost ten years at least.Under the 1996 Telecommunications Act, the FCC mandated that by October 1, 2001 a quarter of all new cellphones be equipped with GPS functionality that would allow authorities to track the location of users. By the end of 2002, this became a mandatory requirement of all new cellphones.

As reported back in October 2001, Because cellphone calls to 911 (estimated at around 140,000 per year) do not give the 911 operator location information, the FCC mandated that wireless companies be able to locate 67 percent of callers to 911 within 50 meters that elect the handset solution while those using network technology must be able to locate the caller within 100 meters.Wireless companies must also have one-quarter of the new cellphones they offer equipped to provide that location information by the end of the year, and all new cellphones so equipped by the end of next year.As a PC World article written in August 2001, two months before the first phase of the new FCC rules were enacted, asked, The FCC requires cell phone companies to track you, in order to find you when you call 911–but what about your privacy? Cell phone tracking was propelled by the Federal Communications Commission, which adopted enhanced 911 rules to cover wireless services. For E911′s first phase, cellular carriers must be able to pinpoint, to the nearest cell tower, the location of someone calling 911. For Phase II, carriers must be able to pinpoint a 911 caller’s location to within 50 to 300 meters,states the article.Your cellphone has been tracking you in real time for the lion’s share of the last decade, so why has it taken the media nearly 10 years to notice? Because in 2001, when such measures could have been made illegal, there was no iPhone, there was no app store, and the smart phones being used were extremely crude compared to today’s models, which are no less than mini-laptops.In 2001, cellphones did little else than make calls and send text messages – these services didn’t require GPS technology. People weren’t addicted to their cellphones like they are today, they didn’t use them to catalogue, record and process every aspect of their existence.The likes of Apple have worked hard over the last decade to make hundreds of millions of people dependent on their gadgets, creating an army of addicts who couldn’t care less that their cellphone is transmitting their every move directly to Steve Jobs. In their eyes, the choice between sacrificing their privacy and sacrificing their precious apps is an easy one to make. Privacy can’t book a table at a restaurant in a few taps of a finger, nor can it tell you the weather forecast or where the nearest ATM is located.If the debate had been allowed to run its course in 2001, when cellphone tracking was first being adopted, the outcome may have been different. But since cellphone companies have been tracking their users for the best part of a decade, in line with government mandates, the recent controversy is merely part of the acclimatization process to achieve calm subservience and acceptance of the fact that true privacy is dead, and as Henry Blodget explains, Apple’s omnipresent brainwashing campaign has helped keep the outrage to a minimum.

IT’S OFFICIAL: Apple Has Brainwashed The Whole Country — How Else To Explain The Lack Of Outrage Over Apple’s Secret Location Tracking? Henry Blodget
Business Insider April 23, 2011

Your iPhone has been secretly tracking and recording everywhere you go for the past several years.Read that again.Your iPhone has been secretly tracking and recording everywhere you go for the past several years.That’s right. Apple built this feature into your iPhone and hid it from you. By doing so, Apple made it possible for anyone who gets ahold of your iPhone or Mac (or any other device synced with either) to figure out exactly where you were when.That is absolutely outrageous.If any other company had done this, America’s privacy zealots would be demanding the CEO’s resignation. There would be threats. There would be lawsuits. There would, at the very least, be incessant demands for the company to acknowledge the behavior, explain it, and apologize for it.And yet, because the company is Apple, there have been none of those things.

Instead, Apple fans like John Gruber have suggested that the secret feature is a bug.And there have been mainstream media stories suggesting that it must be some kind of mistake.Bug? Mistake? Apple built a system into your iPhone that secretly tracks and records everywhere you go. This system records your exact location and the exact time you were there–down to the second.Anyone who gets ahold of your phone or computer can tell exactly where you were when: Police, people suing you, your husband/wife, your employer, private investigators, the government–anyone. And Apple didn’t tell you that! Please explain, with a straight face, how that could possibly be a bug or mistake.And let’s say hypothetically that it actually was a mistake. That Apple didn’t mean to build that system that tracks and records everywhere you go and then keep it a secret. Let’s say, hypothetically, that it was some rogue Apple engineer who built that system into iOS without telling his or her superiors and that Apple has only recently discovered it.Well, then, Apple should already have come forward, apologized profusely, explained that the engineer has now been summarily dismissed, and offered a software update that eliminates the tracking system forever.Has Apple done that? Heck no! Apple hasn’t even acknowledged the problem, let alone apologize for it or do something about it.This alone should make clear to everyone that it wasn’t a mistake.Again: Your Apple iPhone has been secretly tracking and recording everywhere you go for the past several years.If that news doesn’t outrage you and make you furious at Apple–both for doing it in the first place and then for not acknowledging that they’re doing it and explaining why–there’s only one explanation for why it doesn’t.Apple has so mesmerized you that you live in the reality distortion field.

Apple: We must have comprehensive user location data on April 23, 2011 5:35 PM EDT

Security researchers unveiled this week that Apple's iPhone was actively logging the whereabouts of users, storing location data into an easily assessible file on the device.Customers queue up outside the new Apple Store at Pudong Lujiazui in Shanghai July 10, 2010. Security researchers unveiled this week that Apple's iPhone was actively logging the whereabouts of users, storing location data into an easily assessable file on the device. But it's not just iPhone's that are keeping track of their users.But it's not just iPhones that are keeping track of their users.

Apple's iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, the iPhone 4, and iPad models are also keeping track of consumers whereabouts. Mac computers running Snow Leopard and even Windows computers running Safari 5 are being watched.

The question is why?

The company has remained silent after researchers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden revealed this Wednesday that the iPhone was storing logs of users' geographic coordinates in a hidden file. We're not sure why Apple is gathering this data, but it's clearly intentional, as the database is being restored across backups, and even device migrations,the security experts wrote in their blogs.While Apple has since remained tight-lipped on the matter, not responding to any media-inquires, another privacy snafu last year gives insight into what the company is doing with the information.In June 2010, Congressmen Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Joe Barton, R-Texas wrote a letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs inquiring about Apple's privacy policy and location-based services.In response the company's general counsel Bruce Sewall wrote a letter explaining its practice, and shedding light on the rationale the company uses to monitor users.To provide the high quality products and services that its customers demand, Apple must have access to the comprehensive location-based information,Sewall told Congress in the letter.After emphasizing Apple's commitment to users' privacy, Sewall said that to provide these location-based services, Apple, its partners and licensees, may collect, use and share customers' precise location data, including GPS information, nearby cell towers and neighboring Wi-Fi networks.

While the security researchers Allan and Warden did not confirm whether the devices were actively sending data back to Apple, Sewall said that it was within Apple's right to do so.By using any location-based services on your iPhone, you agree and consent to Apple's and its partners' and licensees' transmission, collection, maintenance, processing and use of your location data to provide such products and services,Sewall's letter reads, citing Apple's End User Agreement.But he added that the information is collected anonymously and the devices give users controls for disabling the features.In addition to giving Apple customers the ability to turn off all location features with one on/off toggle switch, Apple requires applications to get explicit customer approval when it asks for location information for the first time.Apple also stores the location information in a database only accessibly to Apple, the letter says. This may be the case for data sent to Apple, but Allan and Warden were able to create a program that accessed and mapped user locations from un-encrypted data on the iPhones they examined.But though Apple says that its location data practices support the services its customers want, analysts and activists say the practice still raises serious questions.Read more:

Will Big Brother Track You by Cell Phone? The FCC requires cell phone companies to track you, in order to find you when you call 911--but what about your privacy? By Cameron Crouch, PCW Aug 2, 2001 4:00 am

Your next cell phone may be able to tell your mobile carrier--and possibly others--exactly where you are and where you've been. Starting in October, new cell phones will contain Global Positioning System units for use with location services offering emergency help, traffic and shopping aids, and more. But the questions of what such services do with the data they gather on you and who can access it raise a host of privacy concerns that are far from resolved.

You Are Here
Cell phone tracking was propelled by the Federal Communications Commission, which adopted enhanced 911 rules to cover wireless services. For E911's first phase, cellular carriers must be able to pinpoint, to the nearest cell tower, the location of someone calling 911. For Phase II, carriers must be able to pinpoint a 911 caller's location to within 50 to 300 meters.FCC requirements mandate that the first phones equipped with Phase II capabilities appear this October; nearly all cell phones are supposed to comply by 2005. Thus far, Sprint PCS is the only major carrier that claims to be on schedule to ship some location-enabled phones this fall.Naturally, vendors want to take advantage of the mandated location features to offer you something beyond emergency help--and more targeted than the info on nearby ATMs and movies you can already get. All major carriers have plans, but none have released specifics. As a result, various issues--costs, exactly how the services will work, and whether your location will be broadcast the moment you turn your phone on (a battery drain) or only on request--remain unresolved.

Advertisers are eager to use location services to alert you when you pass near a store that might be of interest. Such services are likely in some form, but carriers are proceeding cautiously. They're aware you may not want to see ads for McDonalds every time you pass by the golden arches. Carriers don't want to annoy users because it's so easy to switch providers, says Allen Nogee, a senior analyst at Cahners In-Stat Group.The GPS units required for location services should add less than $50 to phone costs according to Cahners In-Stat. Carriers may cover costs or pass them on as part of fee-based service plans. You'll probably have to buy a new phone to get the services, but companies such as Airbiquity are designing batteries containing built-in GPS units you could add to certain existing phones.

Eye On You
As cell phones with tracking abilities come to market, myriad privacy concerns loom.
For example, should government agencies, including law enforcement, have unfettered access to your GPS data? If your provider--or any third-party company it contracts with--stores your location info, government agents could access it fairly easily.
Also, will you soon have to contend with mega-marketing databases that keep tabs on where and how often you shop, and with cell phone spam? Letting consumers opt out is one answer to these concerns. The Wireless Communications and Public Safety Act of 1999 states that without express prior authorization, a user shall not be considered to have approved access to location information from commercial mobile services. A bill now in a House of Representatives subcommittee would go further, explicitly requiring customer consent to the provision of wireless call location information. A similar new bill in the Senate would require providers to notify users when the service tracks them, and prohibit providers from disclosing or selling data without getting customer consent.The Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association, which represents handset makers and carriers, has also acted. It petitioned the FCC to set up common rules for carriers governing how to notify users and obtain consent for location services, as well as to establish privacy and security standards for user data. CTIA also asked the FCC to allow a safe harbor for those following FCC rules.Carriers have an economic incentive to protect your privacy, but location technology providers that some carriers use may not, Nogee warns.As services roll out, both consumers and providers will start working through these thorny issues. Still to be determined: whether users bite and are willing to pay at all.


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