Cell Phone Tracking

Cell Phone Tracking

(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

FILE In this May 14, 2014 file photo, an AT&T logo on a store in Dedham, Mass. The nation’s second-largest cellular provider, AT&T Mobility, said Friday it would no longer add tracking codes to its subscribers’ devices. That practice made it nearly impossible to keep a user’s identity private on the Internet. The change by AT&T essentially removes a long string of hidden letters and numbers _ specific to a user’s smartphone _ that was passed along to websites. While the code doesn’t explicitly contain personally identifying information like a name or phone number, it nonetheless can be used to track a user’s behavior across the Internet _ a lucrative data-mining opportunity for advertisers that could still reveal him or her based on browsing habits. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

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