Discussion » Beijing Life » Beijing Public Transit Cards Track Your Every Move

  • A.w
    A.w wrote:
    <p>If you live in Beijing and you take public transit much, you&rsquo;ve probably got one of those blue <em>Yikatong</em>public transit cards. They work in all the buses and subway lines, and even some occasional taxis. They also, apparently, are tracking you and posting information about your movements to the internet. Surprise!</p> <p>A Sina Weibo user revealed yesterday that by simply entering a card number on the card&rsquo;s official website, users could view a complete list of the places they&rsquo;d swiped the card.</p> <p><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-0OvqjCwdiFI/TpMav1EjyqI/AAAAAAAAExg/Yv8Xbvo2ml8/s512/620b6d0dgw1dly0rzbs9tj.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>It would almost be a neat feature for cardholders, except there&rsquo;s no security whatsoever, so anyone can check anyone else&rsquo;s movements provided they have the card number &mdash; which most users wouldn&rsquo;t think to keep secret because they aren&rsquo;t aware of this &ldquo;feature&rdquo; on the website. As the user who originally discovered this put it on Sina Weibo:</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;If you want to know where someone goes every day, you don&rsquo;t need to hire a private detective, just write down their Yitongka number and then go to the website and check it.&rdquo;</p> <p>More information: <a href="http://www.penn-olson.com/2011/10/10/beijing-public-transit-cards-track-your-every-move/">here</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>当年播电影&ldquo;手机&rdquo;的时候,教会了所有女性拨打移动1860查询老公的电话清单。现在更发达,什么卡都可以查了.</p> <p>以后直打车,做公交也要付现金</p> </blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Father Of Boring

    Cash, yo.

  • Father Of Boring

    dude this is standard practice. It helps make the lines more efficient and good for planning etc. etc. At work part of the thing I do is mine all users information i can find I use it to know our customers and better serve them. 

     

    Its good stuff really. 

    Whaaaaaat?  No way.  How is this standard practice?

  • Michelle Pham
    Michelle Pham wrote:

    oh this is nice..thanks for sharing this !!!

  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)

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    Hahahahaha ... as far as CRM is concerned, this information is certainly useful for a few businesses, including subway and town planning, that is assuming they know how to read the data, which is also time-dependent ... e.g. if they read that a lot of people get out of Tuan Jie Hu, they might think there is a huge population growth and/or employment growth over there, when in fact, this actually happens late at night on Friday only when people go to SLT...

    As far as invasion of privacy is concerned, unless someone does travel on an unusual path, then this really invade nothing ... 

  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)

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    (continued) ... I myself dont have the time to travel anywhere else, usual or otherwise ... oh, oh, I know, it can help track whether one's boyfriend or girlfriend has behaved properly after Bar Blue ... 

  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)

    。。。

    (continued) ... hahahahaha ... wait, wait ... I think MagicDeek might want to say something soon ... or maybe the Snake?

  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)

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    (continued) ... I just read from the news (roaming from China) that the site has been taken offline since people have heard about it ... 

    ... Rockstar... with "Snake", I was referring to our so called Priest ... or you were just being smart again?

  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)

    。。。

    (continued) ... Scott ... damn, I did not know that you are a true jigalo ... 

    Keeping in mind that this card can be easily stolen, and also replaced, this is not really as handy as planting a chip in the skull ...

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    "So you're saying don't get the new super-convenient subway card implanted in my neck?"

    If the discomfort of having to kneel and lean sideways to press your neck against those filthy RFID readers at the turnstiles wasn't enough to dissuade you, would the threat to privacy even make a difference?

  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)

    。。。

    (continued) ... then you might want to talk to the Chengdu massage girls :)

  • Pavoir Sponse
    Pavoir Sponse wrote:

    The 'Oyster Card' in London also tracks your underground movements, and many cards are linked to people's addresses.

    As far as I know they can't be casually checked online, but that's besides the point really.

    Big Brother is watching you, while presumably  taking his eye off you occasionally to catch a bit of decent porn...

  • High Priest
    High Priest wrote:

    @Alex, is that what all u can contribut to the thread? U need to get a rendez-vous with a psychologist

  • High Priest
    High Priest wrote:

    That's why I told u to see a psycho. Everyone can see how they are better. Meat head

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    @Alex's creepy .gif is worth more than all of @High Priest's contibutions combined.

    Granted, that's not saying much, and it's unfortunate that one must insult the actual Archbishop Desmond Tutu--a rare African religious leader who correctly links anti-racism with anti-homophobia--in order to get at the coward under the cassock, but, eh, what can ya do?

  • High Priest
    High Priest wrote:

    Alex's creepy .gif is worth more than all of @High Priest's contibutions combined

    @Dando, often time when I tell u that drug addiction isn't good, u don't trust me. Only a guy like u can make such a statement. I hope u grow hair on ur head.

    Alex, how are u?lulz

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    The only thing I am addicted to is the cheap thrill of trolling Internet forums.

    You are a skidmark in the crotch of the underwear of humanity. Nobody likes you. You are as funny as a hangnail. Your intellect is mineral on a good day. You need a hobby; I suggest chewing on glass or playing in traffic.

  • High Priest
    High Priest wrote:

    Dando, u r only addicted to the thrill of trolling internet forums? Hmm, good talk. Everyone know what u r addicted to.

    Scott, how many girls have u shaved lately? This is a good work a a so called anthropologist got to contrinute to the PRC. Shin Ku Le! 

    Priscilla Regina, aka AdeleI, I like ur name:) I zip my mouth.

     

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    Everyone knows I'm addicted to cuddling and intelligent conversation.

    Your posts have been especially desperate and erratic as of late. Is Dogfucker making you sleep on the sofa these days?

  • High Priest
    High Priest wrote:

    Ur the most pathetic, I'm not sure if u r in trial of new substance or what? What intellingence conversation have u had on this forum? U r like a dog barking to anyone  who passes by.

  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    We only talk about these things when you're not around, because we don't want you to feel left out.

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