European Data Protection Digest

Opinion: Don't Like Being Tracked? Turn Off Your Phone

PRIVACY—UK

December 2, 2011

Amidst news that many British retail chains are tracking shoppers via their cell phones, Michael Hanlon writes for the Daily Mail that though privacy may not be dead, it's "certainly on life support." Turning off one's cell phone, using proper passwords and avoiding providing personal details at retail checkouts are all ways to help maintain personal privacy, Hanlon writes, adding, "There is nothing private about e-mail, and the word 'delete' on any kind of software is a pernicious fiction. The only way to truly delete a file is to get hold of the medium on which it is stored and physically smash it to bits."
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