March 29

Did you know that today’s cell phones have built-in GPS technology and track your every move to within a few feet?  Every time you power up your phone, you’re tracked like a felon with an ankle bracelet.  Your cell phone company collects all of that data and, under U.S. law, is not obligated to disclose what it knows about you and your travels.  But a court case in Europe gives us some startling clues.  German politician Malte Spitz went to court to learn what his cell phone company, Deutsche Telekom, knew about his travels.  According to a NYT report  “The results were astounding. In a six-month period — from Aug. 31, 2009 to Feb. 28, 2010 — Deutsche Telekom had recorded and saved his longitude and latitude coordinates more than 35,000 times.”  So a few words of caution:  Someone is, most certainly, watching you.