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Cell Phone Trackers

Are They Friends or Foes?

Is that little two-way communication device in your pocket with its built-in cell phone tracker a friend or foe?

Cell phones have become a way of life for most Americans as well as other countries worldwide. We use them for everything from emergencies to finding out what to bring home from the store. Many of us use them to send text massage back and forth. Some of us who own “Smartphone’s,” can use them from everything to talking to someone else to finding out what the weather will be like for the next 7 days.

Even though we use these little devices for many of our communicative activities, there is a problem lurking in the dark. They are GPS capable and anyone who has the technology can find out where you are whether you want them to or not.

A company called TruePosition can use a process called “cell tower triangulation,” to pinpoint where you are within 50 meters. T-Moble and At&T use TruePosition for e911 calls to find you in an emergency. Some countries use it as well but for what purpose is left up to your imagination.

Although government spying on you is bad enough, it is only the tip of the problem. Some companies sell this technology to anyone who is willing to pay for it. That means your mother or some jealous husband also has it and can know your whereabouts at anytime of their choosing. For example: 32 percent of men say they have checked the email or call history of a spouse, while 41 percent of women have. Roughly 4 out of 10 parents have snooped on a child’s call history or email.
The fact is in one survey, 32 percent of men say they have checked on their spouse. The percentage for women doing the same thing is 41.

Seems like everyone wants to know what everyone else is doing. What about our privacy here? Does that mean anything anymore? Certainly, we don’t have an expectation of privacy while talking on them since we can assume that what we are saying is carried over many transmission technologies, but what about where we are? Isn’t that my business and not yours?

Of course, the assumption is that I might be a terrorist doing something untoward but how can you tell that from my location? How can you assume from where I am that I am doing something that might cause harm to someone else.

In the United States, we have something called due process. We have the right to face our accuser, and some three-letter word agency has to have probable cause to charge me with anything.

Yes, these cell phones are wonderful. They allow us to communicate like we never have before but just like a rabid dog, we need to keep some of these organizations on a leash or we just might get bit.

Last Update: 7/21/2011
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