The Business of Selling Your Location

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A New York Times investigation has found that the information being collected about us through apps on our smartphones is far more extensive than most of us imagine — or are aware we have consented to.

A note about this episode: The Times identified a small number of people in the location data with their permission. It did not identify anyone else in the data.

On today’s episode:

  • Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, an investigative reporter who covers technology for The Times.

  • Natasha Singer, a Times reporter who covers health technology, education technology and consumer privacy.

  • Michael H. Keller, an investigative reporter for The Times.

  • Gabriel J.X. Dance, deputy investigations editor for The Times.

Data reviewed by The New York Times shows more than 235 million locations captured from 1.2 million unique devices in the New York area during a three-day period in 2017.CreditRichard Harris/The New York Times

Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, Natasha Singer, Michael H. Keller and Gabriel J.X. Dance contributed reporting.

“The Business of Selling Your Location” was produced by Andy Mills, with help from Clare Toeniskoetter, and edited by Larissa Anderson.

“The Daily” is produced by Theo Balcomb, Annie Brown, Jessica Cheung, Lynsea Garrison, Michael Simon Johnson, Andy Mills, Neena Pathak, Rachel Quester, Ike Sriskandarajah, Clare Toeniskoetter and Alexandra Leigh Young, and edited by Larissa Anderson, Paige Cowett and Wendy Dorr. Lisa Tobin is our executive producer. Samantha Henig is our editorial director. Brad Fisher is our technical manager. Chris Wood is our sound engineer. Our theme music is by Jim Brunberg and Ben Landsverk of Wonderly.