For $5.99 per month, you can turn a cell phone into a surveillance device

GPS surveillance creeps into daily life

New Standard
by Catherine Komp

11/14/06

For $5.99 per month, you can turn a cell phone into a surveillance device and track when your target leaves home, where he or she travels and at what speed. You can even detect how much battery power is left on the phone. Marketed as 'virtual eyes' on your kids or employees, the service also allows you to construct a virtual 'fence' so that you can receive electronic alerts if the phone's carrier crosses into forbidden areas. ... 'The problem is people are making these acquisitions of technology without hearing the tradeoff, hearing the downside, hearing the flipside of the discussion,' said Lillie Coney, associate director at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) ... 'If we raise kids with no expectation of privacy, then they're going to become adults and voters and people of influence in society with no expectation of privacy,' he said. 'All the expectations of privacy are going to be eroded by the population of adults who grew up with no privacy and don't see the problem with trading away privacy...

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