Your mobile phone is capable of creating a lot of information. The question is: who has access to that information, and what are they doing with it?
In Australia, Telstra was caught out. We talked to spokesperson Nicole McKechnie, who said that the carrier did . Telstra has now stopped the practice, based on the public reaction.
We do put a lot of trust in our telcos, given they know so much about us. How much? Well, German politician Malte Spitz explained how he used records obtained from Deutsche Telecom to show his whereabouts, with alarming accuracy, for a three-month period.
Telcos are probably less of a threat to our privacy, though, than the applications that sit on our phones. We give them permissions with scant regard for their terms and conditions. And Trevor Eckhart claimed on YouTube recently that some devices have been sending an alarming amount of information to US data firm CarrierIQ.
But what do they want with all of this information? ZDNet Australia blogger stilgherrianthat some companies are gathering the data, and are yet to figure out what they’ll do with it. If they get enough intelligence together, a business model is bound to pop out from somewhere.