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When you should opt-out of carrier-provided location services

Antone Gonsalves | June 6, 2014
AT&T's plans for a location-based service that would track a mobile phone user to prevent credit-card fraud has raised concerns among privacy advocates who want strict rules on the use of the data.

As an alternative to having the carrier provide location data, credit-card companies could offer cardholders an app that gathers the information directly from the phone.

"This is the best technical basis from a privacy point of view for any location-based service, because it leaves open the possibility that the user exercises control over who knows where they are and when," Schoen said.


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