Saturday, February 21, 2015

Nokia HERE Maps data collection

The politics:

Governments all around the world have stepped up their policies and laws in order to collect data from their 'citizens' (corporate slaves), under the new apparent threat to the human species called 'terrorism'.

Previously the apparent threat to the 'free world' was communism, which in reality was created by the most powerful men of their time, as an alternate form of slavery to capitalism.

Why would anyone not want to give up all their personal / private data, especially if a government 'authority' says so, that it's for your own protection. From whom? Myself?

You could be labelled as a 'conspiracy theorist' if you do not comply.

The catch phrase of "nothing to fear, nothing to hide" comes into play.

If this was really the case, then why are new laws instigated in Australia where criminal police, or the thug actions of police, cannot be reported, as you do not know who assaulted you - i.e. their name, as the law now states the police can hide their identity.

See article:

NSW Police given option to hide name badges to protect identity

or the article:

Police to gain protection from being sued

In reality what is a government and who runs that well oiled machine?

In Australia (for example), the government is a corporation conglomerate, where the people who 'govern' Australians are business people, creating laws that favour corporations.

In reality Australia's laws are made by corporations to promote corporate fraud growth.

So would you really trust a company making a law telling you that it needs your data to (really?) help you?

The technology:

Users who may be familiar with the Windows Phone operating system, on Nokia branded hardware may or even may not have noticed a (significant?) change to one of the apps.

The app in the spotlight is (the previously known) here maps now HERE. Maps for Life (

Under an earlier version of Windows Phone (v8.0), the here maps application could function without an active data connection (eg. wifi or GSM) and even without switching on 'location services' or the GPS function of the device.

The version that functions without data is v. (see illustration).

In Australia (especially) this can be very useful, as there are plenty of instances where there is no cellular communications outside 'suburbia', even though telcos claim to have 97% of the population covered.

True GPS only requires a clear view of the sky for the device to lock into the orbiting satellites, either the US based GPS, or the Russian alternative GLONASS, where the latter is used by Nokia.

To fall in line with the global policy of surveillance of the general populous, Nokia also conforms to this directive. So does Microsoft for that matter, with their operating system Windows Phone.

Nokia does this in quite a sneaky manner.

A user is not made aware of the (change in the) update, only that an update (to the app) is available. Once the user has updated the app, only then the user is told that Nokia collects data.

Quite an underhanded tactic used to 'con' users into an upgrade, as one cannot 'rollback' that particular update, although one can revert to an earlier version of the operating system, but that is an entirely different article altogether, most likely residing the the How To / How The - posts section of this blog.

Not all updates could be beneficial to you.

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