FACEBOOK FAILS: SOUGHT PATENTS TO PREDICT WHERE YOU ARE GOING, FACT CHECKERS LOSING TRUST, ALTERNATIVE MEDIA TARGETED | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


FACEBOOK FAILS: SOUGHT PATENTS TO PREDICT WHERE YOU ARE GOING, FACT CHECKERS LOSING TRUST, ALTERNATIVE MEDIA TARGETED

Three creepy Facebook patent applications describe using your historical location data — and others’ — to determine where users will go next or when they will be offline to feed FB content.

BuzzFeed reports that Facebook has filed several patents with the US Patent and Trademark Office for technology that is intended to predict your location.

The first application filed on May 30, 2017, titled “Offline Trajectories,” describes a process to predict where Facebook users will go next based on location data. The technology outlined in the patent would calculate a “transition probability based at least in part on previously logged location data associated with a plurality of users who were at the current location.”

The second more worrying privacy invasive Facebook patent application titled “Location Prediction Using Wireless Signals on Online Social Networks” illustrates how tracking the strength of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cellular, and near-field communication (NFC) signals could be used to estimate current location in order to anticipate where its app users would go next.

This “background signal” information would then be used as an alternative to GPS because, as the patent describes, it may provide “the advantage of more accurately or precisely determining a geographic location of a user.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is amazing how quickly sci-fi technology, like that described in the film "Minority Report", starts to become real.

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