“Surveillance Capitalism”: Google Sister Company To Package And Sell Location Data From Millions Of Cellphones

 

A subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, Sidewalk Labs, is using real-time mobile location data from millions of cellphone users collected over long periods of time in order to help urban planners make critical decision on transportation and land use. The program, known as Replica, gathers and anonymizes cellphone user data, then models simulations which allow civil engineers see when, how and where people travel in Urban areas.

“Replica provides a full set of baseline travel measures that are very difficult to gather and maintain today, including the total number of people on a highway or local street network, what mode they’re using (car, transit, bike, or foot), and their trip purpose (commuting to work, going shopping, heading to school),” wrote Nick Bowden of Sidewalk Labs last year.

Read more: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-28/surveillance-capitalism-google-sister-company-package-and-sell-location-data

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