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Anyone can track your Location and App Use, by spending $1,000 for online ads

Anyone can track your Location and App Use, by spending $1,000 for online ads


A new research from the University of Washington
suggests that for roughly $1,000, someone with devious intent can purchase and target
online advertising in ways that allow them to track the location of other individuals
and learn what apps they are using. The researchers discovered that an individual
ad purchaser can, under certain circumstances, see when a person visits a predetermined sensitive
location within 10 minutes of that person’s arrival. They were also able to track a person’s
movements across the city during a morning commute by serving location-based ads to the
target’s phone. The team also discovered that individuals
who purchase the ads could see what types of apps their target was using. That could potentially reveal information
about the person’s interests, dating habits, religious affiliations, health conditions,
political leanings and other potentially sensitive or private information.

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