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    Autumn Valiant
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    Registered On: July 14, 2019
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    Hi Everyone!

    Recently my wife came to me and asked me to download and app and install it on my phone. The app is called Life 360. I am not sure of all of it’s features so don’t consider this an endorsement of it per say…..

    In explaining her reasoning to me, the app allows us to track each others locations. On the one hand It has me thinking…. “just where exactly do you think I have been?”.  I didn’t ask such a question though.

    She went on to explain that she worries about all of us, (meaning me and the kids of course) and the app would give her peace of mind just knowing when we are traveling and knowing that we made it to our destinations. Seriously she is that kind of a concerned person. She really isn’t the suspicious type.

    Bonus side effect of the app…. When anyone in the family is coming home and their car is about 2 blocks away the app announces their arrival……

    Just enough time to grab a robe if needed and head into the bathroom to keep my secret “in the closet”

    Isn’t technology grand?

    Hugs,

    Autumn

     

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    • #584180
      rebekka moore
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      Sorry didn’t make it through the entire post.

      I would never do this!!! Nothing to hide but what an invasion and showing of mistrust.

      Sorry to be forward about this, but it’s wrong

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    • #582636
      Lacy Satin
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      I hope you do all your shopping on line. Wouldn’t want her tracking you through the mall

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    • #582627
      Emily Alt
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      OMG how on Earth did we ever survive without technology?  Pretty well actually.

      I’d want no part of this.  Appeasing your wife is one thing.  Giving your location history to a 3rd party for no good reason is a deal breaker.

      I work in tech, BTW.

      • #582683
        Raquel Smith
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        If you carry a smart phone, or any cell phone, except for a “burner”, they pretty much know where you are at all times, anyway. They also listen to 100% of what you say, unless the phone is powered off, not just put to sleep.

        I just live with it.

        That being said, when I travel and go out to a club en femme (always a gay or lesbian bar) I turn my phone off, because my wife can see where I am, and vice versa, using an app.

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        • #583882
          Michelle McQueen
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          Hi Raquel.

          I agree our devices spy on us. I have a smart tv and I swear it watches me and knows when I’m out of the room for an extended length of time because it will go to a screen saver after a while if not detecting someone in the room. I’m not sure if it picks up by motion or heat but it knows. With artificial intelligence getting smarter every day we are doomed…. lol George Orwell was right!

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        With you Emily I am sure wouldn’t accept it.  There a way with google if using a phone that can look at all the places been tracks every route take and places stopped at.

        • #582635
          Emily Alt
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          Yeah I know.  That stuff is disabled as much as possible.  I only use location history when I really need it.

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    • #582618
      Liara Wolfe
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      I like the early warning part of it.

      Hugs, Liara

    • #582596
      Lara Tucker
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      I’m nice and comfy in this closet, I don’t need something to “out” me. I agree with Darcy.

      ❤️ Lara

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      Carla Roberts
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      More our activities are being monitored and stored than we can imagine, but that is not cause for fear, unless it involves the most egregious criminal activities. While we certainly have cause to be discrete, and careful about what we do, the truth is, unless you are really careless, or someone really has a deep interest in tracking us, I don’t see it happening.
      In my former life in IT as an application analyst, there were multiple servers running live analysis 24/7 with 70 terabytes of storage. Mostly, it was used for compliance and service level monitoring. But for those whose job it was to manage and tailor the systems, it was Amazing what one could find in the archives if you had the know how and interest. Granted, this level of access was very limited, but on several occasions proved very interesting as an extracurricular activity, if you can imagine. This was almost ten years ago, at a large company, but this is no where as sophisticated as the data being stored by the ISP’s at the behest of government agencies, as well as Google, Facebook, ad infinitum. I think we are more likely to expose ourselves through careless use of our personal computers and phones than anything.
      A friend setup security cameras to monitor things while away from home, only to find herself on camera, when providing video for a police investigation. Believe it or not, the police were very discrete about it.

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      Carla Roberts
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      Great idea. Security cameras have also been valuable in avoiding unexpected arrivals.

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      Barb Wire
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      This app could have been helpful back in 1985…

      I think it’s great! (although, Michelle is onto something…).

      Me and my SO use it all the time. I think I’ve got Apple Find My Friends app. My SO will even text me to say when she’ll be home and to get myself ready, especially if she brings someone. For dinner, of course.

      📱 Barb

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      Dawn Accepter
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      I’m going to add a little story to the previous post. I’ve told it to two friends here on CDH. Daughter in law took wife to a doctor appointment a while back so I slipped into Dawn. Was in the garage just ready to go drab when I heard the car pull into the driveway. Oh no! I started peeling things off as fast as I could and chucked them into a cooler. Got dressed without my shoes or sweater. I’d locked the outer screen door so my wife was ringing the doorbell. When I finally let her in she made a beeline to the bathroom. I went and finished dressing in the garage when the doorbell rand again. This time it was the crew to fix my fence. I went out and took them into the back yard to show them what to do. Just got back in the house and realized I still had red nail polish on! How wife missed it I don’t know but I’ll bet the repair crew didn’t miss it. I laugh about it now! Like I said before, sure could’ve used a proximity alert!

    • #582539
      Laura Lovett
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      I’ve never got on with Apple kit, ever since the first time I encountered it, 30 years ago – and still hate my work iPhone!

      My wife loves Apple devices and has the kids on it, against my strong advice… what do I know?

      I only have a degree in Computing and 27 years experience in the industry…

      And I do recognise personal choice when I see it 😊😊😊

      So I’m not on the Apple tracking ecosystem, my Android sends plenty of data to Google and whoever else has tapped in via the apps I use.

      I tried to get my wife to install Life 360, as it looks really cool, and, with an 18 year old daughter, who passed her driving test first time, I’d quite like to know exactly where she might have run out of petrol or burst a tyre…

      My wife could also see exactly where I am when I go away for the weekend, so, when I tell her, she can visualise the walks and places – and share it, just a bit.

      I’m so done with hiding – it really doesn’t matter who knows where I go or what I do. I am impervious to their fiendish advertising… except for pretty dresses, of course!!!

      Love Laura

       

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      • #582543
        Autumn Valiant
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        Laura,

        I think the way you would like to share the benefits of the app with your wife is simply lovely. I hope to share with my wife one day. If I ever get up the courage.

        As far as the data collection goes, it surprises a lot of people that I don’t care about the data they collect. I was a candidate for a computer science bachelors degree at one time. I ended up a few credits short thanks to some “life choices” that derailed things a bit. I did manage to work in the field for a few years but the money wasn’t there without the sheep skin. I worked with data enough to know that most of the data they collect lacks the context of who you are and is therefore innocuous. Don’t get me wrong. There are certain kinds of people and groups of people who might use this data in a damning way if they ever had the authority to do the damning….. I just keep on keeping the faith that things like that aren’t going to happen. As long as you aren’t running around breaking any laws….. you probably won’t have to worry about negative impact from data collection.

        When it comes to apple… I have some issues…..

        On my old 486-DX2….. I would see a picture I liked on the internet, right click on it, and download it to the directory of my choice.

        With my mac….. I see the picture I like, right click on it, download it, open finder, go to downloads folder, share file with photos app, delete the download folder file, open photos, go to imports, select the photo and then add it to the folder I want.

        This passes for programming in the 21st century???

        And just to make things more special, when I crop photos on my mac and then select them for my desktop background…… the mac displays them Un-cropped….

        Don’t get me started on I-tunes/Apple music……

        I am rambling and way off topic…… but thought you might appreciate.

        Hugs

        Autumn

         

         

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          Laura Lovett
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          ITunes is a pestilence and Apple music a deliberate misuse of the Beatles empire – in my opinion!

          Back in 91, I had an IBM PC XT, 8086. No graphics, no sound card, no internet… I feel old!

          Love Laura

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            JillianW
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            Oh, I had one of those too! I remember when I installed a 40 Megabyte hard drive, I thought, I’ll never fill this thing up. 🤪🤣

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            Autumn Valiant
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            I only mention the 486-Dx2 because of saving photos/jpegs. My very first computer experience was on a display/demo Commadore 64 in a chain department store called Caldor in summer of 83. My first work computer was a Compaq Deskpro which I believe was an 8086/640K machine that ran at 8 megahertz. It was a study machine. It got dropped and rolled down the stairs…. Plugged it in and worked fine. The first PC hard drive I saw was in college. It was a gigantic 10 megabite.

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            JillianW
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            I never cared for Caldor for some reason.  There was a K-Mart across the street and few did most of our shopping there.

             

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      Michelle McQueen
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      I hate that we are all tracked and profiled now….. the beast is winning and we are helping! Some days I just want to go unabomber and go off the grid entirely but then I couldn’t do my online shopping… sigh.

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        Marti
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        Hi Michelle,

        Sorry, I know this is drifting off topic.

        I understand your sentiments, but this is the age we live in. It’s hard to do the internet these days without leaving footprints. Hopefully you in america and me in the uk, can hope it’s no big deal, as in that some people may disapprove, but it’s not a crime, and many straight people don’t care about who we are, which is good.

        Some would-be influential politicians are working to change that – in your country and mine. We need to resist that, not just go off grid, no?

        Marti xxx

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        Emilia Robinson
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        I hate that we are all tracked and profiled now….. the beast is winning and we are helping! Some days I just want to go unabomber and go off the grid entirely but then I couldn’t do my online shopping… sigh.

        In all fairness, if you have a phone with a GPS the government can track you anyway, whether you install an app or not makes little difference. It’s a bit of a weird debate as well, considering that the majority of the planet apparently had no issue signing over their complete privacy to Zuckerburg and Facebook. With around 28000 datapoints per individual in the hands of the most unethical person on the planet, that’s what we should really worry about.

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      • #582534
        Autumn Valiant
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        Well thank goodness for online shopping then!!!

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      Julie (Jules) Anderson
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      Sorry, Autumn, but too much “technology for this girl…
      Hugs
      Jules

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      Darcy Grigsby
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      I’m in the closet fully. This app would destroy my shopping abilities. No way would I want this in my life.

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      Celeste Starre
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      “Isn’t technology grand?”

      It’s both good and bad.  As for phones I just carry one in case of emergency.  I was recently told that I have to buy a new 4G phone as my 3G one wasn’t going to work anymore so I spent $30 and now have a 4G.  It had been over a year since I even turned on the old one.

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        Love it Celeste, my phone is in my dresser drawer dead as a door nail and I charge it and use it when we go away. I had a phone stuck to my head for 12 hours a day for 32 years, hate the damn things. I even turn off my land line sometimes. lol

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      was reading about that earlier Autumn it is a paid service if read it right depending on which service wanting.  Better switch to apple lol.  Leave your phone at home then can’t track you. Of course all phones have their own tracker service discovered google even with a phone off can still track the routes take and places visits.

      Donna

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      Autumn…

      If only you had a friend who was due to visit the international space station….I wonder what the apps range is????

      Smiles, grace xx

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      • #582509
        Autumn Valiant
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        If only I could get my ex-wife on the ISS…..

        Phone app could say “Warning! Blood sucking vulture 220 miles directly over head!”

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          could say Danger Danger will roberson lol

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          Autumn….

          I’m using all my female intuition here…but I think i could be sensing……….. bitterness???..😂😂

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          • #582515
            Autumn Valiant
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            Maybe…..

            Or perhaps just an accurate description….

            Depends on who you are I guess…..

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      Dawn Accepter
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      Boy, I sure could’ve used that recently!

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      • #582444
        Autumn Valiant
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        Hi Dawn!

        Did you get busted or just a close call?

        Hugs,

        Autumn

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      Abbie Normal
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      Thats pretty cool. I usually use the Apple Location Services since the whole family is invested in that ecosystem but no alerting with that. Whenever I hear about this kind of tech I have the usual knee jerk reaction to another group of people knowing where I am at all times (I mean the application developers/company) and the possibility that they may sell that info down the road, even if they say they won’t for now. Still, this sounds interesting because we have a manual gate at the end of our driveway and it’s a bit of a pain to operate when driving. We usually try to open it when someone is returning, otherwise we keep it closed to keep the deer out…

      It sounds super handy for your situation.

      — Abbie 🥰

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