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Thursday, May 02, 2019

... and Where You Sleep.

Retailers are finding all kinds of uses for location data from customers' phones. Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave, Texas, used the information to determine that a lot of shoppers owned pets. So it installed water fountains, babysitting stations and "Santa Paws'' photo ops for furry friends.

The time customers spent in the mall rose by 40 percent, according to CBRE Group Inc. A shopping center in Chicago found it was drawing customers from Asian neighborhoods, so it decided to fill a vacancy with a high-end Asian specialty grocer.

They're buying mobile-phone data that can track where and for how long people shop, eat, see movies -- and where they go before and after. It allows them to determine personal details that paint a picture of who consumers are. That helps them decide what kinds of shops to open and how to advertise.

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I am not super concerned about retailers buying my minute-by-minute location data.

What really concerns me is that such information is available for sale.

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-05-02 12:13 AM | Reply

There is no buying privacy in this tech info world except buying with cash in a brick and mortar store.

#2 | Posted by MSgt at 2019-05-02 12:59 AM | Reply

&nbs

@#2 ... There is no buying privacy in this tech info world ...

Oh, this is way beyond buying privacy and what you use to buy stuff.

This is about your cell phone tracking and logging your location on a minute by minute basis, and companies selling that location information to anyone who wants to buy it.

The location where you sleep at night is available for sale.

Think about that.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-05-02 01:21 AM | Reply

Remember folks, NOTHING is free. Orwell warned us.

#4 | Posted by MisterCarajo at 2019-05-02 03:05 AM | Reply

Google and FB know more about you than your family does, and maybe more than you know about yourself. Their predictive analytics are staggeringly accurate.

#5 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-05-02 12:35 PM | Reply

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