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Shake to Adjust Your Smartphone's Privacy Settings

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Open University's Lukasz Jedrzejczyk led the development of Privacy Shake, an application that enables users with global positioning system-enabled smartphones to adjust their privacy levels for their location services. Rather than navigate settings menus, users shake their smartphone to adjust their privacy levels.

Privacy Shake hides the user's location when it is shaken sideways, and broadcasts their location when it is shaken vertically.

"People often turn on location services for geotagging photos or Twitter updates, or for looking for nearby products and services, but it is all too easy to forget to turn it off," says John Breslin, a Web researcher at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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