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By Roger Harnack
Gazette Publisher 



Are government agencies and big tech tracking your every move via your smartphone?

The answer is maybe.

Gov. Jay Inslee has repeatedly said the state is using smartphone data to track interactions and travel as it may relate to coronavirus exposure and spread. That data may include time, date, location and even a "marker" for each mobile device.

Indeed, anytime your cellphone is turned on, it connects to towers for telephone calls or texting. Using three tower connections, it's possible to triangulate the location of the phone. That occurs even if you turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and location...

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