Um, don't look now but in NYC, payphone watches you! Or your smartphone. The system uses little Bluetooth "beacons" to ping passing cellular phones. Turning off "location services" might -- might -- disable it.
Even the city's socialist mayor wasn't cool with it, and asked the company to turn 'em off. (No word on removing the devices, so one supposes NYPD might ask them to be turned back on, all sub-rosa like. Or is that too paranoid? Hey, it's 2014. Big Brother -- and his nieces and nephews in the advertising business -- is watching. The only question is how thoroughly.)
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