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Clear Channel Will Start Tracking You

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by 48thStreetCustom, Mar 3, 2016.

  1. 48thStreetCustom


    Nov 30, 2005
  2. Photobassist


    Dec 18, 2010
    I'd probably switch my phone to airplane mode when I'm out driving around, then back "ON" once I got to my destination.

    I don't believe any company or government for that matter, needs to track my daily movements.

    Luckily I don't live in any of those cities, but if Japan starts doing something similar, you can bet I'll be switching my phone to airplane mode when I'm out.
  3. blue4


    Feb 3, 2013
    St. Louis area
    But you know Clear Channel is a private company, not the government, so it's ok. Nobody is forcing you to drive by their billboards, I've got nothing to hide, and so on..
    PWRL, DiabolusInMusic, GregC and 3 others like this.
  4. I'm failing to understand how that information would be beneficial to an advertising company. It's just voyeurism.
  5. twinjet

    twinjet Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    Come to Alaska. No billboards.
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  6. 48thStreetCustom


    Nov 30, 2005
    I read this in on NYTimes.com:

    Clear Channel and its partners — AT&T Data Patterns, a unit of AT&T that collects location data from its subscribers; PlaceIQ, which uses location data collected from other apps to help determine consumer behavior; and Placed, which pays consumers for the right to track their movements and is able to link exposure to ads to in-store visits — all insist that they protect the privacy of consumers. All data is anonymous and aggregated, they say, meaning individual consumers cannot be identified.​

    The article went on to say:

    Privacy advocates, however, have long raised questions about mobile device tracking, particularly as companies have melded this location information with consumers’ online behavior to form detailed audience profiles. Opponents contend that people often do not realize their location and behavior are being tracked, even if they have agreed at some point to allow companies to monitor them. And while nearly all of these companies claim that the data they collect is anonymous and aggregated — and that consumers can opt out of tracking at any time — privacy advocates are skeptical.

    “People have no idea that they’re being tracked and targeted,” said Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy. “It is incredibly creepy, and it’s the most recent intrusion into our privacy.”

    The Federal Trade Commission has brought a number of cases related to mobile device tracking and the collection of geolocation information. In 2013, the agency settled charges with the company behind a popular Android app that turned mobile devices into flashlights. The agency said the company’s privacy policy did not inform consumers that it was sharing their location information with third parties like advertisers. Last year, the agency settled charges against Nomi Technologies, a retail-tracking company that uses signals from shoppers’ mobile phones to track their movements through stores. The agency claimed that the company had misled consumers about their opt-out options.​
  7. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    I wonder how they'll go about this. I also wonder how this crap is legal.
  8. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Worth, Texas
    The legality is when you buy the phone or install apps, part of the agreement is allowing them to track you. If you try to install an app and decline the tracking, it usually will not install.
    Anything in a contract that is not banned because of some law is allowed.
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  9. Clearchannel/iHeart media can suck it.

    They are the worst thing to happen to radio ever. They should be called iHate Radio because they truly could care less. I could ramble endlessly about how they mishandle their radio holdings and cram crap down listener's throats, but I'll leave it with this-

    They have a segment called this month in rock history, or something like that, and when they play a clip of CCR's Suzie Q, it's only one side. During the guitar solo.

    They hate you. Now they want to track you. Ryan Seacrest is the Antichrist.
  10. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Yes, but what app(s) enable this? Is it part of my phone's OS?
  11. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Your phone has GPS capability or it would not tack using GPS. A phone's location can be determined with triangulation, but I don't think they use that older technology any more.
    The OS knows where the phone is. It would be an app that would send that data via WiFi to whomever is doing the tracking. You provider may also have an app on the phone they use for tracking.
  12. ONYX


    Apr 14, 2000
    images. + index. = index3.
  13. 48thStreetCustom


    Nov 30, 2005
    They're working with AT&T so they're just as guilty.

    I can't figure out exactly how it works, but I think it's sort of like cookies on your computer. You know how, if you google shoes, then all the banner ads you see are shoe ads? I think it's the same principle.
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2016
  14. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    i can't figure it out, either. they say, as an example, they can get an idea of how many families, for example, are driving to disneyworld.
  15. Just use a road counter wire across the street like normal people use.

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  16. ChrisB2

    ChrisB2 Bass... in your fass

    Feb 27, 2008
    TalkBass > Off Topic
    This is all being done for our wellbeing. Quit worrying about it and go back to watching family guy.
    samson3382 likes this.
  17. samson3382


    Apr 26, 2009
    Boise, Idaho
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  18. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Worth, Texas
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  19. ahc


    Jul 31, 2009
    No. Virginia
    This sucks and it's only going to get worse. At some point humans will have a chip installed at birth. And, are you really sure what your dentist is filling a cavity with? As the Boy Scouts motto says, "Be Prepared".

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