Wednesday, February 4, 2009

You Can Run, but You Can't Hide

Ok, I know I have been on a sort of doomsday, big brother kick lately, but this stuff is getting scary. CBS News is reporting that our favorite search engine and map company Google has developed yet another way to invade the privacy of unsuspecting Americans. The program is called "Latitude" and will be available starting today. The premise is a mobile phone based GPS tracking system that allows you to see where your friends are at any given moment, or for the government to track your every move. Google insists that this is for users that give each other permission and is not intended for nefarious deeds. You should know that if Google is rolling this out, the government already has the capability. So, now not only can they see where you are all the time, they can use it for such things as letting prisoners out of of jail early with the explanation that they can track them; they can find missing persons more easily; they can use it in the fight against terrorism. This is very real folks. It uses cell tower triangulation to pin point your whereabouts. The next step will be to equip every vehicle and every person with this technology. Stop a bank robber's car on the spot, yes sir. Send you a speeding ticket in the mail, no doubt. Be afraid, be very afraid.