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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

The Tracking Device in Your Pocket

Your cellphone service provider knows where you’ve been. If you use Google apps on your smartphone, you can see proof of that at

Try that address right now. You may be amazed at how much Google is tracking you. Your cell phone company can see that data also and a lot more.

Now the U.S. Supreme Court will decide if its OK for police to look at your tracking information without a warrant. Details may be found in USA Today at

Do you really want the police and who knows who else tracking you?

If the police can track you, undoubtedly so can other government agencies. Also, information about how to track someone doesn’t remain secret for long so we can assume that corporations and private hackers around the world can see the same information, whether it is legal to do so or not. Yes, the hackers in China and in Uzbekistan and all other countries can also track you right now.

I doubt if a U.S. Supreme Court ruling will make much difference. After all, the hackers are already tracking you today, even though it may be illegal to to do so. A court ruling isn’t going to change any hacker’s methods; those hackers already ignore the laws and will continue to do so. Hackers won’t pay much attention to any court’s rulings.

So, who is tracking you today?

If you don’t want your cell phone to be tracked, see my earlier article at

However, I will warn you that following the suggestions in that article will be very inconvenient to anyone used to making and receiving cell phone calls at any time.

To be blunt, the only sure method of stopping cell phone tracking is to never use a cell phone. If you own a cell phone, don’t even turn it on as tracking begins immediately at power on, not when you make or receive calls.

Categories: Cell Phones

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