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Sheriff Dart's party game reveals what your iPhone knows about you

Monday, May 22, 2017
Chicago Tribune
by Kim Jannssen

Need a reminder that Big Brother is watching you? If so, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has a neat party trick. Addressing the City Club of Chicago at lunchtime Monday, Dart had a dining room full of public officials and business people get out their iPhones, then talked them through a series of instructions that revealed just a smidgen of what their phones know about them. It's a game iPhone users can play at home. Just click on the "Settings" icon, then "Privacy," then "Location Services," then "System Services," then "Frequent Locations." Listed under "History" you'll see a log of where you've been and when. Gasps of horror in the room after those gathered at the event near downtown Chicago followed Dart's instructions suggested that at least some had been to places they'd rather not mention. "Pretty creepy, right?" said Dart, who told several horror stories about the abuse of private data and is pushing for legislation that would require greater disclosure of where the data companies collect on us ends up. But Dart isn't too worried about his own phone data getting out. "I have a county-issue flip phone," he said, brandishing an unfashionable device that looked like it had been invented before the internet.


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