Having read the article London's Bins Are Tracking Your Smart Phonehttp://www.independent.co.uk/life-style ... 54924.html today, I have begun to realise how insidious and invasive cloud computing technologies have become. There are now bins in London which log the mac address of your phone when you come within range of one of their wi-fi hot spots. The bins then use this mac id to target adds at you as you walk about London, monitoring and logging your habits and behaviour, for example how many times you have visited a certain coffee shop.
I strongly object to a private company logging the mac address of my phone every time I walk past a wireless hot spot. First of all this is a form of spying, it is unauthorised electronic surveillance, and it should be illegal.
I am also unhappy that my smart phone automatically stores my diary online, and contacts in the cloud - there should be an option to turn off cloud storage or I should be able to redirect my phone to use my own online private storage system. I also think people should be careful about storing sensitive commercial information in the cloud and how they use social media sites such as facebook. I also get really annoyed by other people talking pictures of me and my family and posting them up onto facebook without my permission - I wouldn't put my kids pictures in a magazine so why should people be allowed publish their pictures on the internet for the world to see without my permission?
I think there needs to be some new legislation around cloud computing.
1) The right to choose the jurisdiction in which data is held and stored.
2) Make it illegal to track people and devices surreptitiously for commercial purposes
3) Any apps which use the cloud services shoud have local storage options if possible.
4) Enshrine the right to anonymity within the law.
Any thoughts and comments appreciated