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U.K. mobile technology owners urged to drop dubious location based services

Consumer privacy protection groups have pointed out that device owner movements and data are being sold.

People living in the United Kingdom are being urged by consumer privacy protection groups to take a closer look at the location based services to which they have subscribed as many of these options are shady or vulnerable to hacking.

The recommendation has been issued by the Open Rights Group (ORG) following the outcome of two studies.

This recommendation was made by ORG as a result of its “Cashing in on your Mobile” report, in addition to a second report that was issued by Krowdthink. Both of these organizations have determined that people have signed on for location based services and that many of those options are on the sketchy side or leave mobile device users open to having their personal information accessed by hackers.

These location based services can gather information about the movements and personal data of device users.

Mobile Technology – UKMobile Technology - UKIn the ORG report, it expressed that “Research found that 93 percent of punters have been opted into having their location tracked (and sometimes their web browsing and app use) by default by their mobile provider and public WiFi providers.” It went on to state that if this geolocation data were ever to be hacked, it would place mobile device users in a position in which their personal information in combination with their daily movements could be revealed to anyone who may be interested in purchasing it.

This could escalate the current rampant problem of identity theft to the point that it is not only the personal information of a device user that can be stolen and used, but also their typical location at any time of the day.

ORG also reported its concern that “Service providers are not being upfront at point of contract signature with customers with regards to the fact that all their movements will be tracked and historic location data will be used for marketing purposes and in most cases sold to third parties.” The report indicated that there are some WiFi providers that suggest that they are required to collect some of the location data for legal purposes but that these claims were greatly exaggerated.

Consumers are struggling to know how they can go about opting out of location based services even among those that are aware that there could be a security problem.

Mobile technology helps the U.K. government fight poverty

The government of the United Kingdom has partnered up with the GSMA to use tech to help.

The U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) has now funded a project that will be conducted by the GSM Association (GSMA), a mobile operator group, which will use mobile technology in order to help to combat poverty among people living in developing nations.

The purpose of the use of these mobile devices will be to help to enhance the quality of life in areas of extreme poverty.

The DFID will be funding the effort as the GSMA creates and implements mobile technology that will help to batter the response in catastrophes such as natural disasters. It is also meant to help to ensure that people have access to safe drinking water and that women will be able to have access to the use of financial services. This new partnership, says the U.K. government, will be important in overcoming extreme poverty as well as gender inequality. It is also meant to “promote decent work and economic growth, innovation and infrastructure.”

The United Kingdom has been battling extreme poverty for a decade and is now adding mobile technology to boost its effectiveness.

Mobile Technology - PovertyNick Hurd, the international development minister, explained that the United Kingdom has placed itself “at the forefront of bringing the battle against extreme poverty into the digital era,” over the last decade. He also went on to add that “With more people in developing countries using mobiles than ever before, this partnership with the GSMA and its members will increase access to banking services, especially for women, bring access to energy to many for the first time and even vital health information.”

The hope is that this opportunity for boosting the development of mobile tech in these areas will both change and save lives, while giving women the opportunity they need to take hold of their own potential. This will allow those economies to experience meaningful growth and will make it possible for Britain to establish trade with them.

Mobile technology provides an affordable way to bring communication and tools within reach of those who need it most.