Repeat after me - we have no privacy

In the movie Minority Report, Tom Cruise escapes retinal detection by having his eyes replaced. But advertisers may not have to go so far as to use retinal scanners - your future smart phone will give them far more information than even the spyware on most desktops that run Internet Explorer.

El Reg comments on a New Scientist article The phone that knows your next move about a smartphone in development that will learn your habits by observing who you phone or data-connect, where you do it (location-based awareness) and when.

This may sound like something you may have a choice about, but if you had to pay 3 times as much for a telephone contract with a dumb phone (a large unlovely specimen, the kind you wouldn't be seen dead with), you might just have to take the smartphone which knows more about your social life than you do.

It's funny - back in 1978, a fairly intelligent but low-budget BBC sci-fi series Blake's Seven shocked my teen sensibilities with it's depiction of a tranquilised society watched over by cameras in all public spaces. Today I can't seem to get angry about that anymore, that makes me wonder what we'll accept tomorrow. Prozac anyone?

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