With mobile devices such as tablets or smartphones it appears that companies are often able to know where you are and what you are doing.


2::Turn off your device’s GPS.
3::Deactivate the active components of your device.
1::Use your device’s ‘flight or airplane mode’.

This is only partially correct. By turning off the GPS you are able to prevent applications from being able to determine your location via GPS. However, an application could still know what you are doing, whilst it is also possible to track your location (for example, an application may start gathering your location data through other means such as WiFi or Bluetooth). A better solution would be to deactivate all the active components of your device. You can indeed equip your device with functions that allow you to stop any unwanted background communication of personal data to service and application providers.

 

This is correct. You equip your device with functions that allow you to stop any unwanted background communication of personal data to service and application providers. Note that even if you turn off your GPS, an application could still know what you are doing, whilst it is also possible to track your location through other means such as WiFi or Bluetooth.

 

Unfortunately this is the incorrect answer. The device will not transmit information in ‘flight mode’, and although this means you cannot be tracked, you will also not be able to make or receive calls for example, and ultimately you won’t really be able to use your device. A relevant suggestion is deactivate all the active components of your device. You can equip your device with functions that allow you to stop any unwanted background communication of personal data to service and application providers.

 


You are concerned about these issues since you would like to fully use your devices, but without being tracked or monitored besides the default monitoring on the GPS / Internet Service Provider network. However you are also unsure about what you can do to protect yourself.

 

A possible solution could be to…