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Authority Wants To Toss Smart Bin Tracking

MOBILE PRIVACY—UK

August 14, 2013

A UK-based authority has called for the end of WiFi tracking by recycling bins placed across London, The Independent reports. The “pods” feature LCD screens that show advertisements to passersby, but can also record smartphone movements and other details. The City of London Corporation (CLC) has alerted the Information Commissioner’s Office of the bins, which have allegedly recorded the details of 4,009,676 devices from pedestrians in one week. “Irrespective of what’s technically possible, anything that happens like this on the streets needs to be done carefully, with the backing of an informed public,” the CLC said. Financial Times reports the company behind the bins says there is potential to help companies predict “personal habits” of consumers.
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