Mobile users with fancy handsets beware.
Your phone with a lot of features like GPRS,Direction Finder,Google maps and other apps. may be under scanner .
Your profile including your future movements can be predicted.
You lose your right to privacy when you publicly declare your details.
- Your future location is calculated using data from your phone
- University of Birmingham team made location predictions of users with an error margin of just 60ft
- If developed, it can be used for personalised marketing, but has been accused of invading privacy
From telling us when our train is coming, helping us when we’re lost and letting us watch our favourite TV shows, there seems no limit to how involved our smartphone is with our day-to-day life.
Now the gadget promises something so advanced it verges on the supernatural: it will know exactly what we’re doing tomorrow.
Scientists have found a way of predicting an individual’s future movements by analysing information their mobile phone.
A team of computer scientists at the University of Birmingham successfully predicted future locations with an error margin of just 60ft, which has fuelled fears of privacy invasions.
While mobile phone networks can already track where a handset is in ‘real time’, the scientists have developed an algorithm – or formula – to forecast our future movements.
They compared data from one individual and their closest social network to predict a person’s future location based on places and areas visited in the past and the frequency of contact between those studied, The Sunday Times reported.
This means that mobile phone providers will be able to predict the future whereabouts of their customers .
Dr. Mirco Musolesi, who led the study, said: ‘Information extracted from the usage of a mobile phone is an intriguing source of data about people behaviour.’