Wired article When you tap your mobile to share something on Facebook or Twitter, you’re basically handing over all of that data to a company called Boost Mobile.
The app is the brainchild of San Francisco-based software developer and engineer Evan Sernoffsky, who says he has a problem with people giving away their mobile data.
In fact, he told Wired that people are starting to give away their data on their phones, even when they’re not using them for any sort of purpose.
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The problem isn’t limited to the apps.
Sernoffksy says people are also giving away information about their health, location, and more when they use his mobile apps.
In a blog post about his new project, he explained how he used Boost Mobile to track his activity and make friends.
But the real problem comes when people do this without the knowledge of the company behind them.
“I think most people have a bad impression of the people behind the Boost Mobile apps,” Sernsonsky said.
“A lot of people don’t even realize that they’re giving away personal data.”
The Boost Mobile app, which was initially created to track how often people were using Facebook and Twitter, has since been expanded to track all sorts of other information that’s gathered from people’s phones.
You can see some of the data you’re giving up on the BoostMobile home page, which is where you can opt out of sharing.
But for Serntsonsky, that data shouldn’t be used for anything other than to show how connected you are to your friends.
Sentsheesh, for example, is tracking the location of her friends.
She tells Wired that she doesn’t want to share her location with any other apps, including Facebook.
She explained to Wired that Facebook doesn’t make any kind of connection between the app’s location tracking and people’s information, even though Facebook itself does.
When people share information with Boost Mobile, the app will track the information in order to display that information on the home page.
“If you share a Facebook or Instagram post and someone’s looking at your profile, you can see what they’re looking at,” Sentsheeesh said.
If you share location data with BoostMobile, the company can use that information to make more personalized ads that you see when you open up your Facebook account.
Sessheesh said she wants to avoid being seen as an “internet-slut” for using her phone for sharing.
She’s also against letting friends know about her location.
“It would be really awkward for my friends if they knew that I was using a phone,” Sessheeesh told Wired.
“The way that it should be is that you shouldn’t have to put your phone down for something.
We should be able to have these conversations with our friends on Facebook.”
For example, it says the company doesn’t track users’ location when they share their information with the app, and they don’t share data about their activity or the location information with Facebook or other apps.
The company also says that the data it uses isn’t used for marketing purposes, and that it doesn’t collect any personal information about users other than what the company says is their demographic data.
Sends, the third-party analytics company, says that Boost Mobile doesn’t use its data to target ads and that people shouldn’t share their location data or personal information with other apps or sites.
Sells, on the other hand, says it uses its data for a number of things, including measuring how often users share content, which Sentsheiesh describes as “data that has no value.”
For instance, the Boostmobile app lets you share photos with friends, but Sentssheesh says that’s not a good use of the app data.
“Why would I share my location data?
It would be so interesting to see if they’ve taken the time to check out what I’ve shared with them,” Sessesheesh told us.
“So they’d have the ability to know that I’ve posted photos from my travels and have the opportunity to check them out.
If it’s something like a calendar or calendar events, I could potentially post more photos of those events.”
BoostMobile says that its app isn’t tracking users’ movements or locations, and the company is in no way tracking users who aren’t in its app.
If anyone has a better idea of how these data is being used, we’d love to hear it.
“Boost Mobile is an excellent example of how a consumer can be manipulated and abused by companies that sell your data,” Sesheesh wrote.
“These companies are selling you data for profit, and profit is their primary objective.”