Location Tracking

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From planning a route for your journey to finding the nearest cashpoint or café, there are times when location services are a blessing. That isn't always the case, however - and sometimes (for children and young peeople especially) having our location pinpointed through a phone or tablet is a definite risk. Check out our quick video briefing on location tracking.

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What is location tracking?

Location tracking has always been a fundamental part of the way mobile phones work, the most basic element of which is the ability to triangulate a device’s position in relation to a mobile network’s radio masts.

As smartphones became popular, Global Positioning System (GPS), Wireless networking (Wi-Fi), and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technologies complemented this.

Any one or combination of these can now feed highly accurate location data via any app on that device.

For more information on the associated risks and online safety tips for parents and carers, watch our explainer video, available to those with a National Online Safety membership.