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Tim Hortons (and other App) Privacy Issues

TODAY on 900 CHML TechTalk 11:30am, Adam Oldfield joins Bill Kelly.  Tim Hortons App and privacy issues, Amazon takes over Walmart with sales, what is your carbon footprint on your electronic devices and more! Sponsored by Vacu-Man Furnace and Duct Cleaning #talkshow #radio #live #onair #business #marketing TechTalk.   

Tim Hortons is under the scrutiny of privacy and the changes that have been made this is an eye-opener for what we need to be concerned about with the apps that we use in the software we have on our computer. As an example, an application with permissions on your phone can do a lot more than just know where you’re located. iBeacon which is an example of which Apple created in 2013 under the direction of Tim Cook allows for low-frequency Bluetooth connections which actually can track where and what you do inside shopping malls, cinemas, theatres and other public outings. Tim Hortons is not the only one guilty of questionable privacy practices, but this recent news has been causing many people to re-think the way they use their apps and how much information they are willing to share. It’s important to be aware of these issues and make sure you are comfortable with the amount of information you are sharing before downloading any new app or giving permission to access your data. Tim Hortons may have made some people think twice about using their app, but hopefully, this will lead to more aware and conscientious app users in the future.

There are a lot of things that people can do in order to help offset their carbon footprint. One way is to be more conscious of how often they are using electric devices. If you are open to having yourself track, there are no apps that actually will help you track and offset your carbon footprint. These are applications that you can apply to your browser that will actually tell you how long your computer is running, how much electricity is being used, and further how much your impact on the carbon footprint is being made. Something for consideration when you take a look at where and what you’re doing for the environment and how often you’re actually looking at your phone. Carbon footprints are important to think about because it’s a measure of the amount of greenhouse gases that are emitted into the atmosphere by our activities. Greenhouse gases cause the Earth’s atmosphere to trap more heat from the sun, which can lead to global warming. Offsetting your carbon footprint can help reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and ultimately help slow down global warming. There are many ways to offset your carbon footprint, so find the method that works best for you and start making a difference today!