Can You Track Me Now? Government And Corporate Surveillance Of Mobile Geo-Location Data presented at DEF CON 20

by Christopher Soghoian, Ashkan Soltani, Ben Wizner, Catherine Crump,

Summary : Our mobile phones and apps systematically
collect and store comprehensive historical lists
of our locations and our travels. Advertising
and marketing companies extract and interpret
these lists for use in their information-gathering
networks, effectively turning our phones into
24/7 location tracking devices. Because this
information is readily available to the government,
law enforcement agencies now have unparalleled
access to knowledge of where you are, where
youve been, and through inference, who you are.
In this panel, tech experts Christopher Soghoian
and Ashkan Soltani, alongside Catherine Crump,
staff attorney with the ACLUs Project on Speech,
Privacy, and Technology, will present a briefing
on the current technological and legal landscape
of location data tracking. The panelists will
explore how consumer location tracking efforts
weave a story about the systemic privacy
vulnerabilities of smart phones and the legal
ways in which law enforcement has been able
to hitch a ride. The panel will be moderated by
the Director of the ACLUs Project on Speech,
Privacy, and Technology, Ben Wizner.