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How some companies use our cell phone data to decide how much to charge us


If you have little battery or rain where you are, Uber can offer you higher prices for a trip

Until recently we talked about
        
big data
        
 as an entelechy, an abstract that companies could not monetize.

He
        
mobile phone
        
 It has become the best ally of the purchase by
        
Internet
        
 of services and products by providing countless data.

For example, the location, if we are still or moving, if we have much or little battery left, if we are alone or accompanied, what we talk about and the age and price of our terminal.

The use of some of these data and the way in which they are obtained are under the magnifying glass by the policies of
        
Privacy
        
 .

We are no longer surprised that every day a great technology company apologizes for invading our privacy.

This happens in a context in which the mobile increases year after year as a device to spend online, although the
        
computer
        
 It is still the preferred device to make purchases.


Have cell phones become our enemies?Have our enemies become cell phones?

The enormous information provided by our mobile phones makes it possible for the big technology companies to use that data to put a price on each of our heads.

Several Twitter users have raised doubts about Uber's pricing policy by charging more for users who have little battery.

Logic tells us that a user will accept the first price proposed by the application if there is little energy left in the cell phone.

Uber already denied in 2016 the price increase depending on the state of the battery, but then acknowledged that he had "access to a tremendous amount of data."

Have you changed your pricing policy after several users with the same account, same location and same destination have verified that they pay more if their battery is low?

Gaps in our privacy


The politicians of the Canary Islands, in Spain, accuse the airlines of using geolocation to offer more expensive flights to residents. The airlines deny itThe politicians of the Canary Islands, in Spain, accuse the airlines of using geolocation to offer more expensive flights to residents. The companies deny it

Many of us wonder if apps have access to all our data.

Where did you approve of knowing the level of my battery?

Easy, these are small gaps that technology companies take advantage of.

In this case, Uber knows if a user has a low battery because the application needs to use that information to switch to battery saving mode.

In Spain, the politicians of the Canary Islands accuse the airlines of using geolocation to offer more expensive flights to residents, who have a 75% discount on air tickets.