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Some Apps Promote Safety, Reveal Privacy Conflicts

GEO PRIVACY—U.S.

April 20, 2012

Researchers at AT&T Labs showcased new technologies Thursday that pave the way for future smartphone and mobile system capabilities but also reveal potential conflicts with personal privacy, The New York Times reports. Among the tools showcased was Driving Safely. The system helps parents track how their teenagers are driving and allows them to disable functions on their children's phones to promote safe driving. The app also collects data over time, the report states, in order to compile the driver's "DNA score." One of the projects' developers said the system would most likely be more popular among those doing the tracking than those being tracked, the report states. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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