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again.....how is our location tracking aids harmless advertising?......when i go to McDonalds, does "it" send me emails on how to loose weight and eat healthy?......when i go to an auto repair shop, does "it" send me deals on a new car?......when i go to an adult store, does "it" redirect me to Zoosk everytime i go online?.....what exactly does "it" do?......i don't understand
No, it has nothing to do with you going to McDonalds nor any specific store/restaurant. It simply picks up your general location such as city and state. I am sure there is a VERY near future in that though, where you receive special deals and coupons for stores you've visited through GMail or some other method. When that day comes, of course everyone will loooove location tracking, when it benefits them.

I can visualize how such system would work: A store's database would keep track of Android devices that have visited the store and shoots out specials to those phones that have not returned in a while, possibly keeping track of what kinds of purchases the person that owns that device has made or what items they have even picked up and LOOKED at. (Obviously that's a bit further into the future) If a person didn't buy something, shoot them a 10% off special coupon for that product (still earning profit with that in most cases) and bam, easy sale. Technology is only going to boost businesses; both in raising revenue and in lowering advertising costs.

So the system picks up you're in Oregon, and then I guess using your searching/browsing habits it streams ads to you that relate to your interests and your location. For example, MetroPCS is quite popular in my area and I've happened to search for MetroPCS stuff online lately, so OCN's banner at the top of the site is currently streaming a MetroPCS ad to me.
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No, it has nothing to do with you going to McDonalds nor any specific store/restaurant. It simply picks up your general location such as city and state. I am sure there is a VERY near future in that though, where you receive special deals and coupons for stores you've visited through GMail or some other method. When that day comes, of course everyone will loooove location tracking, when it benefits them.

So the system picks up you're in Oregon, and then I guess using your searching/browsing habits it streams ads to you that relate to your interests and your location. For example, MetroPCS is quite popular in my area and I've happened to search for MetroPCS stuff online lately, so OCN's banner at the top of the site is currently streaming a MetroPCS ad to me.
i don't want that
    
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i don't want that
Then you (I respect you not wanting that) would have the option of not being tracked at all, or I would only hope so as that's what this whole lawsuit deal is about. Just... don't expect to be getting special deals on stuff. I truly see businesses printing a LOT less coupons and deals that you get with your local newspaper, advertising less through other companies' websites, and adapting a crazy new method of advertising similar to what I outlined above (I edited my post and added a lot in case you didn't notice).
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Is there any way you can sign up to join in on the lawsuit?
You guys keep argue, I want my millions of $$'s XD
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post #45 of 59
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Then you (I respect you not wanting that) would have the option of not being tracked at all, or I would only hope so as that's what this whole lawsuit deal is about. Just... don't expect to be getting special deals on stuff. I truly see businesses printing a LOT less coupons and deals that you get with your local newspaper, advertising less through other companies' websites, and adapting a crazy new method of advertising similar to what I outlined above (I edited my post and added a lot in case you didn't notice).
as long as i can turn it off i'm fine, but.........i want to use my location for my own personal needs like posting where i went on facebook to let my friends know......because i chose to
    
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next stop Mircosoft! all lawyer aboard. the suing train is now leaving for Seattle lol
 
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I feel like this won't go anywhere considering you opt out of it upon setup, and if you don't there is a setting that can be changed any time you wish.
Yeah, disabling tracking in iOS is so complicated too:


You have the option to disable it at any time. If you're whining about location tracking, you need to RTFM before you operate a product.
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Yes, rendering the lawsuit basically debunked.

Upon first bootup of any Android device:

It seems these people who are out to get Google aren't really great readers, nor do they have a decent attention span. It's in the freaking setup of any Android device, and it actually words it out what it does in plain English. People these days don't read manuals, EULA and Readmes. Just sad, really.
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It seems these people who are out to get Google aren't really great readers, nor do they have a decent attention span. It's in the freaking setup of any Android device, and it actually words it out what it does in plain English. People these days don't read manuals, EULA and Readmes. Just sad, really.
Allow me to play devil's advocate. Should the consumer be expected to know that the option to turn of locational services exists though? The smartphone market really isn't THAT old yet...I mean a lot of people own them now that wouldn't have a year ago or more, myself included. The market has exploded. On top of that, to the nontech savvy user, discovering this option isn't exactly as simple as the screenshot portrays.

I don't support the lawsuit at all, I'm on Google and Apple's side. But maybe these guys have a case, who knows. We have warning labels on damn near everything. Like McDonalds and the hot coffee. Obviously coffee is supposed to be hot, and that person won handily because there was no warning.

Either way, things aren't as cut and dry and you guys think.
 
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Allow me to play devil's advocate. Should the consumer be expected to know that the option to turn of locational services exists though? The smartphone market really isn't THAT old yet...I mean a lot of people own them now that wouldn't have a year ago or more, myself included. The market has exploded. On top of that, to the nontech savvy user, discovering this option isn't exactly as simple as the screenshot portrays.

Either way, things aren't as cut and dry and you guys think.
Does the fact that the screenshot is literally the very first screen you encounter on any Android phone mean anything?

It IS quite cut and dry.
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