September 10, 2014

EVERYBODY LIKES A NUMBER OR A PRECISE LOCATION, EVEN IF THEY’RE HOOEY: Turns Out Cell Phone Location Data Is Not Even Close To Accurate, But Everyone Falls For It. “A rather depressing story in The Economist notes that, thanks to this kind of ignorance (combined with bogus cop shows on TV that pretend cell site data is good for pinpointing locations), cell site location data is frequently used to convict innocent people. The story opens with a ridiculous example, in which a woman was pressured into a plea bargain based on totally false claims about tower location data.”

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