Real-world 'Do Not Track' coming to retail stores

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by ronjor, Oct 22, 2013.

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  1. ronjor

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    Future of Privacy Forum...
    http://www.futureofprivacy.org

    Privacy Forum Supporters (revealing)...
    http://www.futureofprivacy.org/about/supporters/

    Info, including the "code of conduct" (all three URLs go to same page ATM)...
    http://smartstoreprivacy.com/
    http://www.smartstoreprivacy.com
    http://www.futureofprivacy.org/issues/smart-stores/

    Its a shame that anti-privacy forces were able to achieve this "pro industry self regulation, limited opt-out approach" victory.

    Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth were mentioned as methods being used, so sniffing what your devices send out, carefully controlling the radios, and periodically changing MAC addresses (to other MAC Addresses you own... gather up some used/cheap devices that come with MAC Addresses that won't be used and won't be tied to your name) would be steps for pro-privacy people.

    RFID/NFC devices would seem to be another potential threat and something best not carried about with you. Can you still buy cellphones without those?

    I guess to play it safe you'd have to kill the cell radio as well? Perhaps its time for cell phones to have an "approaching the vicinity of an evil retailer" mode. ATM I see Macy's, Inc., Nordstroms, Inc., and Walmart Stores Inc on the think tank's supporters list. Oh crap, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, Qualcomm, CarrierIQ, etc too. So much for smartphones offering decent protection.
     
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    thanks, good reads, useful links.
     
  5. J_L

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    Might be worthwhile with anonymous opt-outs...
     
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    What happens when someone receives a replacement phone or purchases a new phone? What are the odds that the new phone will be configured to use the same MAC Address as the old phone?
     
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