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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > UK Rubbish Bins Stopped Spying

UK Rubbish Bins Stopped Spying

UK Rubbish Bins Stopped Spying

Added: Saturday, August 24th, 2013
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extrattorrent.com, 2013
The City of London Corporation has finally ordered that rubbish bins stop spying on people. Renew Company, a provider of recycling bins in the capital of the United Kingdom, was reported to use its bins in order to monitor the mobile phones of passers-by for targeted advertising purposes. Local media reports confirmed that after concerns over privacy appeared, the City of London asked the company to halt the trial and has referred the case to the Information Commissioner’s Office.


As a result, Renew chief executive Kaveh Memari has stopped the trials until the ICO hands down its decision. Memari confirmed that during the initial trials a limited number of pods had been testing, which collected anonymized and aggregated MAC addresses from the street and sent reports every 3 minutes over total footfall information from the sites. Now these experiments are stopped. Memari admitted that a lot of what had been extrapolated is capabilities which they could develop and none of them are workable at the moment. As such, the company no longer continues to count devices.

Actually, some of the extrapolation was mainly because of Renew’s own marketing content on the trail – for instance, it said that the test measured “variables in market share between mobile handheld providers within the City’s Square Mile”, at the same time promising to measure the speed and movement of individual devices.

Renew also assured that it could help shop and bar owners to map the total footfall percentage within a few minutes walking distance from the shop. The company has now promised to consult on future developments, saying that it can discuss creating the future levels of protection and move to an improved service able to deliver better content to people.

Renew announced that its firm intention is to discuss progressions publicly at first, and the company pledged to collaborate with such privacy outfits as the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In the meantime, Renew said it’s still committed to leading the charge on the implementation of the above mentioned technology.

August 24th,2013

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Date:  Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

posted by Site Friend (2013-08-24 19:22:34)
magiccrack avatarhaha nice one - what next?? Good Read, cheers SaM

posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverGirlSun (2013-08-24 21:59:32)
frostycarver avatar<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< wonders how long after reading this will people in London wait to flip over their bins.looking for that chip? I'd guess about 15 seconds lmao.......GREAT READ SaM

posted by (2013-08-25 03:24:38)
No avatarSweet Jesus! Hopefully people universally find another garbage collector! A company that perhaps just takes the garbage instead of climbing into bed with it..

posted by (2013-08-25 11:51:05)
Jedimastersky avatarSoon, all your household appliances will be sending data on usage, products used and contents to a government data collection centre so they can sell the data to supermarkets or to the highest bidder! Everything we do and where we go, what we buy and who we interact with will soon no longer be private. the government will use some Pedo or Terrorist BS to watch you. FFS! A bin should just be a bin! How many other monitoring chips are there out there and who is collecting the data and what's it being used for?

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-08-26 04:01:47)
Embolism avatarAs in the USA all data collected by internal agencies private and Governmental will be collected and stored in facilities like the one in Colorado and Langley,Fort Meade etc.Microsoft has been doing such collection in the 72 Fusion centres for sometime as well as all correlating agencies of law enforcement from police,Homeland security,FBI,CIA and NSA,this trait is one which they impress on all their overseas Partners to adopt and their are many who have been doing so including the UK,Germany,Holland and others.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-08-26 04:10:45)
Embolism avatarIt must be added that the most targeted services like private emails via encrypted services like Gmail,Apple ,VPN`s etc will be the high priority targets since when seeking to secure your privacy there is an implication you have something to hide in the 1st instance, so these so-called private services will be the ones they aim to control or circumvent first.This is born out by Apples own TOS and Gmail already,in an Orwellian 1984 world there is no privacy outside of what they allow us and that scenario is and has been adopted by many of the major players to date.

posted by (2013-08-26 14:20:17)
innovader avatarCan you imagine sex toys with those chips...LOL

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