Hi, fellow Aussie :) I'm with iiNet, and one function the routers come with is some BS called 'Tomizone'. It allows you to run a 'paid' but unsecured connection.
This is the bugger I have (it has really poor wireless range anyway but also does 2 VOIP lines) --Belkin site http://tinyurl.com/3dkrnnd -- iiNet-supplied with custom firmware. The theory is however they connect, their usage and my mac address are reported back to Tomizone who send me some cash.
So I guess in essence, even with capped internet, that sort of thing does exist, and I guess it also confirms that firmware to do it does exist already.
I currently pay for more than I need (50g peak and off at 20mb/s) but conversely if I am on holidays or my kids visit, I can stay unshaped.
Given police use phone readers it's quite possibly a scary prospect. I haven't seen the data but it it's recording enough data to triangulate (or better) your position and storing it for far longer than is remotely necessary: If you move around a lot there'll be a ton of useless data but if you stay in the one area there will be a lot of repeated data. That apple has quietly tried to patent it certainly makes it seem questionable.
It's definitely data that needs backing up and merging data from more than one device into one set of data.
Yep, move along, nothing to see here. Imagine if your location data was on the PSN..
"...more the reducing a person to a single superficial characteristic."
You're doing that to yourself quite well on your own, in my opinion. I understand what you are saying but heartily disagree. The word means what it means, regardless of what you think. It will either flourish or die as part of the language - but with you using it so much yourself, there isn't much chance of it dying in our language any time soon.