We have all known for some time (in part thanks to Mission Impossible, James Bond, Spooks etc) that it was possible to track the exact location of someone through their mobile phone. What we perhaps didn't realise is how easy it has become to acquire that technology.
The wonderfully cheap-sounding 'Locatorz' is the latest product to offer this service, with the following blurb:
Locatorz is the most affordable, accurate and easy to use locating product in Britain. It is downloaded onto your mobile phone and works by sending your mobile phone’s GPS position via its normal network. You just need a smart phone with GPS and access to the internet.
Which all sounds tremendously easy, until one realises the implications. Fortunately for those who might not yet have twigged, set around smiley photos headlined with the words 'For business' and 'For your family', is the following text:
For many businesses today, people are the most expensive asset…Locatorz helps you to safeguard their wellbeing and motivate them to perform at their best.
…as an employer, you can know that your employees are where they should be, working the correct hours, fulfilling their expected appointments and visiting the agreed locations.
We all want our kids to have the freedom we had when we were their age – it builds self confidence and independence. But today’s world is a different place and we worry when our loved ones are away from home. Locatorz enables you to see precisely where your children are at all times
Trust and respect have officially left the building. Even if one can see some benefits in these two uses that temporarily outweigh the negatives, we should all be aware that this product will inevitably be used for far different purposes; the limits of which I leave to the imagination of the reader.
By Dylan Sharpe