We all know that enabling location services for third-party apps compromises our privacy. But a new investigative New York Times report details just how creepy and personal smartphone location data can be. According to the report, at least 75 companies get “anonymous” but very precise app location data from about 200 million smartphones in America. Gizmodo reported that some of these companies get that data as much as 14,000 times a day. The report also found that companies had access to location data from hospitals, homes, schools, and shops. So, for example, with this data one ad firm was able to send ads for personal injury lawyers to people in emergency rooms. Some of the tested apps included The Weather Channel and GasBuddy.
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