Nokia location tracking your passport

 

RBI has released images and features of the new 500 rupees and 2000 rupees notes, but even before PM Modi's big announcements on Tuesday, there were messages going around on WhatsApp talking about the new 2000 rupees note having a 'nano GPS chip' - aka NGC - that can be used to track the notes from anywhere.

We treated these forwards with a healthy doubt of scepticism, and with RBI having released many features of the 2000 rupees note and the so-called nano GPS tracking chip finding no mention therein, it's safe to say that those forwards are a hoax. Here's a sample message that some of you may have seen:

India is all set to add one more denomination to its currencies shortly. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will be issuing Rs 2,000 currency notes, the highest to come into circulation, even as some experts feel7 high-value denominations should be discontinued to curb black money.

Nokia location tracking your passport

Coverage of the iPhone tracking "feature" has ranged from concern to outrage. "I don't know about you, but the fact that this feature exists on an iPhone is a deal-killer," wrote PCMag Columnist John Dvorak , shortly after news broke. PCMag Executive Editor Dan Costa drew a softer line, writing, "Apple may not be actively tracking you, but it did turn your phone into a tracking device without telling you."

As frustrating as it is to learn that your iPhone has been spying on you, collecting an unencrypted treasure trove of your travels, the truth is we knew this was happening. Last June we reported that Apple updated its privacy policy , stating that it could, "collect, use, and share precise location data, including real-time geographic location of your Apple computer or device." How precise that location data is remains in question. What is clear, however, is that the update arrived alongside the release of iOS 4—the OS affected by the tracking feature—and identified the four devices (iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPad with 3G) affected by the tracking feature.

I'm not about to give Apple a pass on disclosure or execution. Who combs through an Apple privacy statement when the latest iOS software awaits? And, to "collect" and "share" user data is one thing; to retain it in an unprotected file is quite another.

RBI has released images and features of the new 500 rupees and 2000 rupees notes, but even before PM Modi's big announcements on Tuesday, there were messages going around on WhatsApp talking about the new 2000 rupees note having a 'nano GPS chip' - aka NGC - that can be used to track the notes from anywhere.

We treated these forwards with a healthy doubt of scepticism, and with RBI having released many features of the 2000 rupees note and the so-called nano GPS tracking chip finding no mention therein, it's safe to say that those forwards are a hoax. Here's a sample message that some of you may have seen:

India is all set to add one more denomination to its currencies shortly. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will be issuing Rs 2,000 currency notes, the highest to come into circulation, even as some experts feel7 high-value denominations should be discontinued to curb black money.