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Yes, those “pay as you drive” programs used by insurance companies to record your driving habits sometimes can be used to accurately infer your destination — a long-time concern of privacy advocates.

That’s what four University of Denver computer scientists found in an experiment.

“With access to simple features such as driving speed and distance travelled, inferring the destinations of driving trips is possible,” they write in a paper published in the proceedings of the 2013 ACM Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society in November. “Privacy advocates have presumed the existence of location privacy threats in non-tracking telematics data collection practices. Our work shows that the threats are real.”

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