Big Brother Loves Your Phone

A great visualization of one person’s location, as tracked for 6 months by their cell phone carrier.  The person is Malte Spitz, a Green Party politician in Germany.  He fought a legal battle with Deutsche Telekom to obtain their records of his movements.  This kind of data is collected on essentially everyone with a cell phone, and last year in the US carrier Sprint provided it more than 8,000,000 times to US law enforcement via a convenient online API.  Many of them also sell the data in aggregate for marketing purposes.