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Systems That Can Secretly Track Where Cellphone Users Go Around the Globe 76

Posted by samzenpus
from the oh-watching-the-places-you'll-go dept.
cold fjord writes with this story about the proliferation of companies willing to sell tracking information and systems. Makers of surveillance systems are offering governments across the world the ability to track the movements of almost anybody who carries a cellphone, whether they are blocks away or on another continent. The technology works by exploiting an essential fact of all cellular networks: They must keep detailed, up-to-the-minute records on the locations of their customers to deliver calls and other services to them. Surveillance systems are secretly collecting these records to map people's travels over days, weeks or longer ... It is unclear which governments have acquired these tracking systems, but one industry official ... said that dozens of countries have bought or leased such technology in recent years. This rapid spread underscores how the burgeoning, multibillion-dollar surveillance industry makes advanced spying technology available worldwide. "Any tin-pot dictator with enough money to buy the system could spy on people anywhere in the world," said Eric King, deputy director of Privacy International.

Comment: Re:Should be objective, not biased... (Score 1) 452

by Darth Twon (#46716741) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

FTS: "About ten boxes here are still running Windows XP and would be too old to upgrade to any newer version of Windows."

Suggesting that they have other boxes that are not running XP and not too old to upgrade.

Counting his own machine, that brings the sure total to at least "About" 11.

Though the EULA doesn't actually define how big a "small business" can be.. So if he's just at about 11, or slightly more, then yeah, he can use it, but if his company is too big to be considered a "small business" then it is a no go for even those 10. How big is too big? Who knows. (Bring on the phallus jokes...)

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