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Is Your Cell Phone Accelerometer Tracking You?

There was an interesting story last week on SFGate about some new Stanford University research into how sensors on smartphones could be used for tracking people.

To make a long story short, the researchers found that every smartphone that has an accelerometer movement sensor has a unique digital fingerprint. That is, through careful analysis, subtle differences in sensors from different phones can help identify a specific phone or user. The concern is that, unlike other forms of tracking, this is one that a user could not opt out of or shut down.

Read the full story at eWeek:
Your Phone Is Tracking You--Should You Care?

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.