Selling Secrets of Phone Users to Advertisers
By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER and SOMINI SENGUPTA October 5, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO - Once, only hairdressers and bartenders knew people's secrets.
Privacy advocates fear that consumers do not realize just how much of their private information is on their phones and how much is made vulnerable simply by downloading and using apps, searching the mobile Web or even just going about daily life with a phone in your pocket. And this new focus on tracking users through their devices and online habits comes against the backdrop of a spirited public debate on privacy and government surveillance.
On Wednesday, the National Security Agency confirmed it had collected data from cellphone towers in 2010 and 2011 to locate Americans' cellphones, though it said it never used the information.