Reply to post: Re: Yeay for this. Just what the world really needs. A better way to track people.

Tufts boffins track device location without GPS or towers

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Re: Yeay for this. Just what the world really needs. A better way to track people.

I don't see how you'll get around it. There will be so many 5G devices that are in fixed locations - one can easily imagine that future road infrastructure will be littered with 5G to help autonomous cars. So just like someone with access to the list of wifi access points your phone can see could pinpoint your location if they had a massive database of wifi APs, so could one pinpoint the position of your phone, car or anything else that could see what devices are nearby in 5G frequencies.

Even way out in the wilderness, one could easily imagine there will eventually be plenty of 5G devices to help monitor/manage wildlife, detect fires, collect weather information, etc. The hills around LA are covered with wildlife cameras to track cougars and what not, and currently someone has to hike out to them and collect the footage on a regular basis. In a few years that will be automatic, but Google will know if you carry a 5G capable Android device in the vicinity of one of them...

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