Monday, September 27, 2004

You knew this was going to happen, didn't you?

(Via Jerry Pournelle)

When the gov'mint decided that cell phones had to include GPS technology, "so we can locate callers when they dial 911 with an emergency", you had to know this was coming.

Big boss is watching:

Cell phones are giving employers new ways to check up on employees in the field--and raising fresh workplace privacy concerns as a result.

I don't have too much of a problem with an employer controlling where employees go on company time. Unless you have one very interesting job, I doubt you need to be going to a strip club. And you can't blame the cell companies for selling the service--it cost a lot to put in, and they're in business to "maximize shareholder value".

But just exactly how long will it be before our own government starts using this technology to track us--for the children, to fight the War on Whatever, or just for our own good?

I have one of the last non-GPS equipped phones, and I plan on keeping it for as long as possible. At least that way, they can only track me from cell to cell. Even then, I keep it off nearly all the time, and use a pager so that I can be contacted.

Paranoid? Maybe, but I value my freedom of untraced movement.

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