Phones vulnerable to location tracking even when GPS services off

Wednesday, Dec 20, 2017

Demonstrating a potential privacy breach, a team of Princeton University engineers has developed an app that can locate and track people through their smartphones even when access to the Global Positioning System, or GPS, data on their devices is turned off.

The app, called PinMe, mines information already stored on smartphones that – unlike GPS – doesn’t require permission for access. When computed along with publicly available maps and weather reports, this data can help identify if a person is traveling by foot, car, train or airplane, and chart their route of travel.

 

Read more on the Princeton Engineering website.