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I Know Where You're Going: Location as Biometric

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Last year privacy advocate Malte Spitz sued his cell provider to get the location data generated by his phone. This data allowed him (and his provider) to track everywhere he went during a six-month period—during that time Deutsche Telekom recorded and saved his location coordinates over 35,000 times.
This session will discuss location data as the ultimate biometric identifier. The tracking devices we carry around in our pockets (our smart phones) send out location data every time they search for a signal. Law enforcement routinely requests this data - sending out over 1.3 million demands to providers last year. This data can not only reveal where we go and what we do in our lives—it can also define and identify us.

Jennifer Lynch, a privacy attorney at EFF, and Jeff Jonas, an IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist, will talk about the legal and technical aspects of location information as biometric, what this means for privacy and civil liberties, and what you can do about it.



Jeff Jonas IBM Fellow & Chief Scientist IBM

Jennifer Lynch Attorney Electronic Frontier Foundation

Jennifer Lynch is a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she works on open government and privacy issues as part of EFF’s Transparency Project. Jennifer writes and speaks frequently on biometrics, government surveillance programs, domestic drones, and intelligence community misconduct. She is quoted regularly in mainstream and tech-focused media, consults with legislators on privacy-focused legislation, and has testified on the privacy implications of facial recognition before the US Senate.