Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Study Secretly Tracks Cell Phone Users Outside US

Here we go again - the tracking of mobile phone use!

Researchers tracked the locations of 100,000 people outside the United States through their cell phone use and concluded that most people rarely stray more than a few miles from home. The first-of-its-kind study by Northeastern University raises privacy and ethical questions for its monitoring methods, which would be illegal in the United States. It also yielded somewhat surprising results that reveal how little people move around in their daily lives. Nearly three-quarters of those studied mainly stayed within a 20-mile-wide circle for half a year. The scientists would not disclose where the study was done, only saying it was an industrialized nation. Almost certainly it was a nation where most people averaged short commutes to work!

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