When your phone speaks volumes

People share information about themselves every day by using store loyalty cards, internet search engines, social networking sites, and online coupons. Many people — like the character in this video — decide that the benefits of these services are worth sharing some personal information with businesses, ad networks, and others.

But what if you shared information simply by walking through your local mall with your phone? What if businesses used your phone’s Wi-Fi signal to track your movements through their stores? And what if they did it without your knowledge or okay? The FTC plans to raise those questions in a seminar on Mobile Device Tracking on February 19, 2014. It’s the first event of our Spring Privacy Series

We’re bringing together experts from technology companies and retailers, as well as consumer advocates and researchers to talk over topics like:

  • What kinds of mobile device tracking are companies using now? How do they work? How might they be used in the future?Mobile Tracking Logo
  • Mobile device tracking vs. online tracking: Compare and contrast.
  • What kinds of information are retailers getting from mobile device tracking? How are they using it?
  • What are the privacy and security risks? How anonymous is this kind of tracking? What choices do consumers have?

The seminar is 10 am - noon Eastern Time at the FTC’s Conference Center, 601 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., in Washington, DC.  If you can’t attend in person, watch the webcast. We’ll post a link on the event page that morning.

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This is a great topic to discuss and needs to be address. It is definitely a cause to stalking and harassment. Due to the latest advantages of technology and monitoring you must definitely be aware of who is gathering information about and for what purposes.

how can I register for webcast on this conference

No need to register. Simply visit the event page for the webinar a few minutes before it starts at 10am. There will be a link to the webinar: https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/events-calendar/2014/02/spring-privacy-series-mobile-device-tracking

I'll post the link here in the comments section as well.

10 am eastern time isn't very user friendly for those of us out west. Especially since we have to get up even earlier to check the link on the event page.

Good point, Stanton. I will pass along your feedback to the folks planning the next seminars.

18 Feb:2014:Tuesday: Hello OnGuardOnLine: Chuck here: I want to thank you all for an excellent job of protecting the public citizens!!!!!! I just watched your video on Cryptolocker & it was an eye opener!!!! Please keep-up the great work by informing the American public of all the Bernard Madoffs type frauds out there on the Worldwide Web, phones, & on Wall Street!!!! The L.A. Times is also my main sorce of good trustworthy information, bysides your Dept. Again you are an asset $$$$$$ to the American citizens!!!! Regards: Chuck.

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