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Attention Shoppers

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Attention shoppers; your favorite store could be tracking your cell phone.

According to the New York Times major retailers are testing technology to track customers using Wi-Fi signals from their phones.

But it doesn't stop there. Stores are also using video surveillance and data from apps to learn the sex of each shopper, how many minutes they spend in the aisles and how long they look at something before buying it. Then companies take that information and use it when designing the layout of stores, deciding on sale items and issuing coupons.  read more »

Suspicious Acts

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Britain’s advertising watchdog group is cracking down on a new radio ad, from the police department.

The Advertising Standards Authority says the new anti-terrorist hotline is offensive towards ordinary citizens. The hotline commercial lists examples of suspicious behavior the police department links to terrorism. But at least 18 listeners have already complained saying the commercial could lead to innocent people being targeted and neighbors growing suspicious of each other.

The commercial says “the man at the end of the street likes to keep to himself. He pays with cash because he doesn’t have a bank card and he keeps his curtains closed because his home is on a bus route. This may mean nothing but together could add up to you having suspicions.”  read more »