For a while now, I’ve been thinking about the whole issue of mobile devices and privacy, particularly with regard to an individual’s location. Like it or not, wireless providers (and law enforcement authorities) can find you by means of your portable phone or computing device.

Auto insurance companies, of course, might find such tracking useful. If an insurer knows where you drive (for example, into a high-risk area) and how often you drive there, it can adjust your premium rates according to the risks it believes you are taking. The same can also apply to your speed and other aspects of your driving behavior, but it’s really location that concerns us here.

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