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May 11, 2011 at 5:01 PM

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Smartphones' privacy issue must be addressed

Posted by Letters editor

Technology advances, privacy decreases

Editor, The Times:

As a smartphone user myself, I am very frightened every time I see a warning about privacy on my phone [“Apple, Google face questions on privacy,” Business, May 9].

As smartphones advance, it will make communicating with people much easier, but personal information will be much more open to everyone. The smartphone is advancing and we are definitely afraid of how far it is going and lawmakers must take actions as soon as they can to prevent the loss of privacy.

I am a current using the Galaxy S Samsung Vibrant running on the Android operating system. When I bought this phone, it came with an application called Latitude, which gives out live information on where you are located.

When I try to enable it, I fear that this location will be available to strangers. As privacy laws fail to keep up with the advancing communication technology, companies such as Microsoft, Google and Apple will keep advancing, sooner or later overpowering laws of privacy.

If all of these technologies actually appear in our future, then it will make jobs and lives easier and more organized. But it can also lead to a society filled with uncomfortable feelings of invasion of privacy from the excessive amount of information released to the world.

I believe that people must realize what is happening to the technology in their surroundings and take actions for these violations of privacy.

— Kevin Kang, Bellevue

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