Worries about storing data and what corporations and governments know or can learn about us have been alive a long time in the world of digital devices. Currently, it’s a concern about smartphones, location tracking and, most recently, what Apple is doing.
The response tends to be to consider government involvement (laws etc.) and, perhaps more practically, greater security — encryption, in other words. (One of the specific concerns about Apple’s location database is that it is unencrypted.)
It strikes me that a much simpler approach to addressing the worry of personal information collection is not to try stopping it (which strikes me as a not-very-likely scenario) but to taint it. Pepper the databases with disinformation.
What good is a database that is filled with wrong information? Why not just have some app, or whatever the technology would be, that simply alters the information sent? For example, something that changes the longitude and latitude that is associated with a picture you’ve taken.
Couldn’t something like this simply have the equivalent of an off/on switch? When working, you have it off because you want your location available. When not, it’s on so any tracking information that is stored shows you are in Guam when in fact you’re in south Indiana.
In other words, preventing the gathering of information seems an all but impossible task to me. I think it would be much simpler to just taint it, making it unusable.