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The recent terrorism headlines have renewed a debate over use of encrypted technology. Whatever side of the debate you're on, there's an issue related to encryption that is more likely to pose a risk in your daily life than global terrorism.

If the indicator shaped like a tiny paper airplane is on your phone screen right now, you are being tracked. Part of the compact that smartphone users make with technology companies to benefit from the Internet's services is sharing data about themselves. Clicking "yes" on Location Services without pause when an application asks for your location is a prime example of this trade-off.

The more applications that users download, the more vulnerable you are to little-known app creators asking for permission. There is no way to monitor where the location data goes after that.

"I don't think people understand the bargain they're making," said Bruce Schneier, a cryptographer and security expert who serves as chief technology officer of Resilient Systems, a fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Center and a board member of Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Here are some of the issues you need to think about before clicking "yes" on Location Services when next asked by an app.

By Kate Drew, special to
Posted 24 November 2015

Source: Apple