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Tracking and the law

Evan Schuman | Oct. 29, 2014
As courts continue to rule on what is and is not acceptable when it comes to tracking, a lot of what we do with our smartphones could become illegal.

Ultimately, the utility of the smartphone in your pocket is at stake. Many mobile capabilities today, including the highly touted Apple Pay, involve tracking. If criminal courts crack down on the ability of law enforcement to use geolocation to track drug dealers or stop murderers, how can civil courts possibly go in a different direction when tracking shoplifters or trying to sell consumers more shirts?

Before you get too attached to the new mobile capabilities you're being sold, you might want to check with your neighborhood judge. You may find that within a few years new restrictions will take the shine off a lot of those capabilities.


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