Following Up: Access to Your Phone's Info

Friday, April 29, 2011

We now know that your phone is storing a log of your movements, but what's that information used for? Alexis Madrigal, senior editor at The Atlantic and author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology, clarifies whether phone tracking can help recover stolen phones--and whether law enforcement can use your phone's stored information in investigations.


Alexis Madrigal

Comments [5]

station44025 from New York

Here's a scenario: prospective employer requires location data from your phone as part of a routine background check. They use automated searches that red-flag certain events like travel out of the country, events like rallies and political protests, signs of union activity, etc..

Apr. 29 2011 11:43 AM
Josh Neufeld from Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY

Just to clarify, if you're setting up the iPhone "Find My Phone" feature for the first time, it'll only work on the iPhone 4 or later models. If you still have an iPhone 3 like me, you're out of luck.

Apr. 29 2011 11:41 AM

Lookout is a free app for android that has a "find your phone" feature that works as long as your phone is turned on. Probably more useful if you've misplaced it, rather than had it stolen.

Apr. 29 2011 11:39 AM
station44025 from New York

This is the tool that police use to extract data from mobile devices.

Michigan State police have been accused of using them at traffic stops, although they deny it now. Not clear what has been happening.

Apr. 29 2011 11:38 AM
Leah from Brooklyn

Are you compelled to surrender your phone password (if you have one)?

Apr. 29 2011 11:37 AM

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