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    Re: Turning Off the GPS
    From: Lu Abel
    Date: 2006 Apr 5, 17:17 -0700

    Robert Eno wrote:
    > Speaking of paranoid, the ability to track people through their cell phones 
    and cars is a double-edged sword. Right now, we think it is a great thing but 
    how soon till we have the ability to install a chip in a human being so that 
    he can be monitored from cradle to grave? Sounds paranoid yes, but I am 
    starting to become uncomfortable with this new technology. Currently, at 
    least to my knowlege, it is being used as a benevolent tool. But like all 
    things contrived and operated by humans, it can also be used for power and 
    control.
    
    My new cell phone (thank you, Verizon for selling such crappy phones
    that I've had to replace mine four times in five years) has GPS.   In my
    setup menu I can allow the GPS information to be given to anyone or only
    to emergency services agencies.  (On the other hand, if the US's
    National Security Agency can monitor domestic phone calls in direct
    contravention of US law in the name of WOT (War on Terror), I suspect
    there's nothing to stop them from masquerading as a 911 service, either).
    
    But if you want to worry about that, how's about the largest license
    plate manufacturer in Britain proposing to put RFID tags in them?  Heard
    a bit about that on the radio yesterday, with the marketing droid
    telling about what a great advantage to the police it would be...
    
    Lu Abel
    
    
    

       
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