Mobile location data 'present anonymity risk'

Scientists say it is remarkably easy to identify a mobile phone user from just a few pieces of location information.

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But a study in Scientific Reports warns that human mobility patterns are so predictable it is possible to identify a user from only four data points.

Recent work has increasingly shown that humans' patterns of movement, however random and unpredictable they seem to be, are actually very limited in scope and can in fact act as a kind of fingerprint for who is doing the moving.

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