Wednesday, December 15, 2004

GPS in your cell phone

In large crowds when you are trying to find someone it is tough to hear them, and if neither of you know the place it is hard to describe especially if it is at night and it is dark. Installing gps in phones and allowing the phones to pin point each other would help the task of find people in large crowds easily.

I have been waiting for this a long time. We are not there yet but we are making the first steps. The only problem is that the government might use it to find you.

In other creepy motorist surveillance news, retired Gen. Tommy Franks has signed on as a spokesman for a company that implants GPS chips in teens' cell phones. Parents can not only monitor where their kids are, but if the technology enables the chip to determine when the kid is traveling in a car that's speeding. The system then notifies the parent.

All of which is fine with me so long as the technology stays limited to private use -- that is, parents keeping tabs on their kids. But if you think that's likely to happen, I have some stock in JetBlue's privacy policy I'd like to sell you.

via the agitator


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