Mobile 3.0 Brings New Privacy Concerns into our Pockets

A new article on VentureBeat from Mihir Shah discusses the next evolution (or revolution) of our mobile lives.  The article discusses Mobile 3.0 and its attempt to shift our adoption of mobile phones into a stage of “emotional connection.”  This shift takes away our use of mobile devices as a mere distraction to our everyday life and turns the usage into something that will make our lives easier.  Some examples of this include, letting us know about products and services around us that we might be interested in, giving us the opportunity to leave private messages for friends in different areas around town, among other things.

For many technology enthusiasts, this information is great because it allows us to evolve all tech-related devices, products, and services.  However, for others, this is just another privacy concern to add to everything else they currently deal with (i.e., Facebook privacy issues, NSA, “Big Brother”).  In my opinion, this group has a valid reason to be concerned about privacy. 

The article discusses new hardware within the iPhone 5s phones called the M7 motion co-processor.  This co-processor activates sensors on the phone that always stay on, which means they are aware of everything taking place while your phone is on you.  The author touts this as a positive enhancement by stating “our personal devices will gain an ability to understand not only where we are but also what we are looking at.” 

This “enhancement” leads to some serious ethical concerns for individuals.  It is a great thing for advertisers and the NSA.  However, who gets to control all of the information that smartphone users share with others?  Just because you turn off the sensor in settings, does this mean that the sensor is not secretly recording your every move? 

In reality, the shift to Mobile 3.0 might bring many positive enhancements to our everyday lives.  However, how much of our personal life do we need to sacrifice to get these enhancements?   

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