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You're totally right, of course, and hey, I'm totally on board. Google should not be allowed to provide services to kids (anywhere!), without verifiable parental sign-off.My question was: how the heck was a school allowed to sign up all their elementary aged students for google services? Are the laws that different in Canada that they don't even attempt to protect kids? Or did the school act illegally, in which case someone should complain.Related question: since google...
I fully understand the general scheme of how beacons work (though that was actually a very good description on your part, perhaps the most concise that I've read, but I'm also not a fan of any location-tracking tech, so I admittedly have not read a lot).What I'm talking about here that you're apparently not getting, is that afaik there is no protection against impersonating Beacon IDs. That's what I think/thought you were referring to with the hash, so I'm just echoing...
You described the problem earlier as not having "a hash to verify the authenticity of the iBeacon node". So when you say now that "those beacon IDs still need to match up to an installed app" it seems like you're contradicting yourself. (?)Regardless, this is just a distraction -- I agreed with you that this could be a problem, and we're quibbling about silly stuff like whether it might be "huge" or not. Since I think it's a fixable problem, I think the debate is...
Are the laws completely different in Canada than in the U.S. regarding kids' use of online services?As far as I know, Google doesn't allow kids under 13 to use services like gmail and google docs due to federal COPPA laws. Because there is no option to use gmail, google docs, etc. without allowing them to create their world-famous, amazingly detailed psychological profiles of you as a user (product), they don't allow kids to use said services without parental sign off. ...
On the first point, you're right, it's a sub-case of a bigger problem. I already disable GPS access for all apps, that's an easy no-brainer. I'd prefer to not have to completely disable bluetooth as well, or diligently monitor the setting all the time, as I do play the occasional bluetooth-networked game.When you say that disabling GPS "means that iBeacons simply won't work for those apps", are you quite sure about that? iBeacons operate independently of GPS, no? Your...
Yes, I understand these other tracking methods, and yes, I disable all location functionality (to the degree possible, cell tower triangulation always exists even on older phones, by necessity). I do not use GPS on any device, ever, and on my "smart mobile" devices I do not use the cell radio, ever. It's wifi-only. And wifi is only enabled when necessary, so it's not constantly pinging WAPs everywhere. These are simple, if not always convenient ways to use "mobile...
I think you're missing my point. Or it's possible I'm missing yours.Control is within the apps, right? So given the landscape at the moment, that means location data is specific app-by-app, and (in theory, sort of) you can control what data on your device that a given app has access to. So it doesn't sound too bad.However, just like with web apps, I see an extremely likely (almost inevitable) scenario where 3rd parties provide libraries to app developers that centralize...
No snark intended here -- really. But management/IT at your company is okay with Google having access to your internal corporate documents? To me (and many, many large corporations), that's craziness. Please don't think for a minute that documents created and edited on google apps are private. Often times, contracts have stipulations such as "for your eyes only" or similar. There are a lot of things to consider, and frankly, many companies really haven't thought things...
No kidding!I already disable "location permission", but yes, if there is no system-wide "Disable iBeacons" setting, this will lead me to turn off bluetooth altogether as well. Read on before dismissing this as overkill. Your 3rd option is relevant.If individual apps trigger iBeacons just by being installed, not running, and the only option to "disable" them is to delete them, how will people deal with this when this type of location tracking digs its way into...
This sounds good for Apple (and AAPL), which I'm happy to hear -- as long as it can be absolutely 100% turned off.   I don't want any stores or any company, including Apple, to be able to track my location in real time.  It's bad enough that the cell companies do this (with all phones, smart or dumb), but it's not possible to have any kind of voice or data connection otherwise.    It doesn't matter whether the IDs are "anonymous" or not, it's far too easy to...
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