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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...
I was going to skip the response, because I don't believe personal stuff belongs on a public blog, but I'm going to try to be short and hope it doesn't come out as curt or rude.No.In fact I know they didn't. Not at 12/13, let alone age 10.No it's not. You're projecting. Maybe for your kids, but not mine, nor most of their friends. Some of that is parenting, much of it is their nature.Again, you're projecting based on your own family life. My kids don't watch any of...
Thanks. Sometimes I wonder if anyone's listening. Good to know at least someone is! :-)
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