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Amazon Granted Location Tracking Patent 68

bizwriter writes "A new patent for Amazon just put the company squarely in the location tracking controversy. It covers a system to not only track, through mobile devices, where individuals or aggregated users have been, but to determine where they're likely to go next to better target ads, coupons, or other messages that could appear on a mobile phone or on displays that individuals are likely to see in their travels. The system could also use someone's identity to further tailor the marketing according to demographic information."
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Amazon Granted Location Tracking Patent

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  • Already doing it? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by alphred ( 1920232 ) on Wednesday December 14, 2011 @10:57AM (#38369808)
    The last update of the Amazon Android app had a new security requirement that it be able to read your GPS and gather fine location data. That was the end of that app on my device. I don't mind that they track what I look at on their web site or thru their app, but to track where I am to be able to sell that information to others just pisses me off.

    On the other hand, perhaps I should load the app, but only turn it on when I'm in Barnes and Noble looking at Nooks.
  • Re:Already doing it? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Wahakalaka ( 1323747 ) on Wednesday December 14, 2011 @11:56AM (#38370540)
    What pisses me off is that these companies think they have some kind of entitlement to profit off of me and my data. If anyone should be able to monetize and sell my own information, it's me. If they offered to pay me for it, then and only then will I consent to anything.

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