The Biggest Myth About Phone Privacy

BBC, Future – Molly Crain

Smartphones have transformed our lives in so many ways. They connect us to the outside world through email and social networks, direct us if we are lost, and recommend all manner of shops and services near us. But this level of convenience comes at a cost, and one that the general public is only beginning to recognise.

In a world where online privacy is a growing concern, security experts say one of our biggest assumptions is that if our identities are hidden we should be safe and anonymous. But evidence shows how little it takes for our identities to be outed. Last week a study of credit card data showed only four pieces of information are needed to match any individual to their “anonymised” credit card records – one of those being the GPS coordinates that can be extracted from your smartphone. Read More