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MIT Wants You To Own Your Own Data, Not Give It Away

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MIT researchers have a great new way to protect your privacy on your smartphone: Stop giving your data away.

 

It doesn’t take a PhD to come up with this statement, but such a feat is clearly easier said than done. Even without NSA spying, a growing number of mobile and web-based apps collect information about us from our devices in exchange for providing a service. Want directions or an idea for lunch nearby? Allowing Yelp to know your location could help. Data collection is also useful when apps can aggregate information for many anonymous users and provide extra services. For example, Google Maps can estimate real-time road traffic conditions because it knows how quickly many people are traveling.

 

Instead of every application trying to collect data on the phone and send it back to servers, a user collects their own data.

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