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are able to search your months back without a warrant using a tool called Fog Reveal.

"It relies on advertising identification numbers, which Fog officials say are culled from popular cellphone apps such as Waze, Starbucks and hundreds of others that target ads based on a person’s movements and interests, according to police emails. That information is then sold to companies like Fog."

Avoid ad-supported apps as much as possible, especially for navigation where you have to give it your location. Don't give location permission to apps that don't really need it. Uninstall apps that ask for permissions they shouldn't need. And ideally, just don't install that app in the first place. Who the fuck needs the Starbucks or McDonald's app?

I use Magic Earth for navigation, but I also have a Garmin GPS navigator that isn't even capable of sharing my location except when I update it by plugging it into my computer, at which point it asks me whether or not it can upload my location history.

US mass surveillance, dragnets, ACAB 

@freakazoid Makes me want to switch to Graphene OS.

US mass surveillance, dragnets, ACAB 

@alan8325 That's what I'm running. It's great.

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is the Garmin a car GPS? How do you like it? I've been thinking about going back to purpose-built devices with preferably no network connection...

Traffic data would be nice to have though...

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@float13 It's a Drive 50 I got refurbished a few years ago. It has FM traffic which seems to work pretty well, but it takes a while for it to get a complete traffic picture after it starts up.

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@float13 @freakazoid Simple solution to get traffic data into routing devices: broadcast radio. Gather the data to transmit from cables in the road counting large metal objects travelling overhead.

GPS routers don't need transmitters, only receivers!

Does take a degree of capital, or a relationship with local council, to go this route...

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@alcinnz @float13 @freakazoid

this is already a method used on some satnavs; although newer ones increasingly have an embedded eSIM and an LTE link to a proprietary service run by the satnav company.

Ironically cheap DC-DC converters used for dashcams and other telemetry in vehicles has increased the noise floor on Band II (VHF FM) to the point that reception can be unreliable in vehicles, even for normal music/speech radio...

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