Why location privacy is important

Apple, Google, Facebook and others all want to track your location. Should you let them? Read this before deciding.

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Sure, location based services are cool. It's a heckovalot more convenient to use your phone's GPS to locate the nearest Thai restaurant or gas station. If you're stranded, they could help save your life.  But there's a dark side to them most people don't think about. What kind of location information are your service providers storing about you, and how long do they hold onto it? Those are two questions everyone should ask before blithely clicking Yes on a terms and conditions tick box. Your liberty may depend on it.

ITworld blogger and occasional book author Dan Tynan is somewhere at the moment, but he's not telling. You'll have to settle for checking out his eSarcasm geek humor site or following him on Twitter: @tynan_on_tech.

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