By Ross Atkin
February 19, 2018
Article from Wired
London's phone boxes are being replaced by corporate surveillance
Over the last few months an unfamiliar object has begun to appear on London’s streets. Ratty old BT payphones, that of late had only functioned as advertising space and unofficial public toilets, are being replaced by internet-connected “Links” kiosks as part of a BT, outdoor advertising giant Primesight and Intersection, a smart cities firm which counts Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs as an investor.
In exchange for free wifi and phone charging – and even free calls if you are prepared to shout into the kiosk’s side, as apparently over 86,000 desperate callers have already done – users allow the consortium to identify them and track their movements through the city.
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