11th August 2007 - 05:34 PM
This is an example of technology which could be used to protect society instead being used to breach privacy and, in the process, break up a few marriages which, perhaps, needed breaking up. (If not, why did the spouses go looking for the evidence?)
Moralising puritans will, of course, be cheering at this new means of controlling the population. And they'll go on cheering until they find that they're the ones being controlled. By which time it will, naturally, be far far too late...
Privacy activists, on the other hand, will deplore this obvious nannyism and advise people who want to protect their privacy shouldn't use electronic toll systems
- which throws the baby out with the bath water.
It is this technology - and other similar "location beacons" dotted around the landscape which will - used properly - allow us to bring a whole new approach to crime detection and prevention. I've tried to explain how here
But none of that would be possible unless we have GUARANTEED PRIVACY meaning specifically that NO-ONE can do the kind of thing we read about in this article. If you want the world and his dog, not to mention authoritarian governments, commercial spies, busybodies and opportunistic burglars (who just want to know that you're not at home) to be able to track you from cradle to grave, then sit on your hands; become part of the problem; do nothing and watch the world close in on you.
Alternatively you could help trying to find the solution
and spread the word. There is a way out of this maze and if we collaborate, we'll find it.