[conspire] Cellphones and GSM privacy

Paul Zander paulz at ieee.org
Tue Jun 26 09:47:32 PDT 2012

It is amazing how clueless the general public is.  

Just a few days ago, NPRadio had a story about a "wallet" ap for cell phones.  The example was some dude who made a quick trip to the store and  arrived at the cashier without his bill-fold or credit cards.  But he had his cell phone!  The ap was said make it easy to use the phone and PayPal to complete the purchase.

Ah duh.  I wonder how the ap would be of any use if you got stopped for speeding en-route to the store?  


--- On Tue, 6/26/12, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:

From: Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com>
Subject: Re: [conspire] Cellphones and GSM privacy
To: conspire at linuxmafia.com
Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 9:06 AM

Quoting Nick Moffitt (nick at zork.net):

> Alas, this will do nothing to thwart tower triangulation techniques.

True.  I was aware of that.

If you don't want your cellular to communicate with towers, you need to
stop it from syncing to them, taking you off the grid, which is what is
required for full privacy.  Or, as you say, use a 'burner' SIM.

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