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If My Parents Had This App, I Would Have Been So Busted

Feb 6 2010 - 1:30pm

AT&T just launched a new iPhone app called FamilyMap [1], which allows you to track the location of any phone on your AT&T Wireless family plan from your iPhone.

Do you hear that? It's the sound of 16-year-olds across the country completely freaking out. While this service has been available from AT&T for a while, until now parents had to log onto their computers to figure out where their kids (and their phones) were. Now they can do it straight from their iPhone [2]. The service is $10 per month to track two phones, $15 for up to five.

I have mixed feelings about this. I'm not a parent, but I am, of course, pro-safety, and tend to feel if your parents are paying your cell phone bill, they have every right to know where the phone is at all times. And if you're a minor, your parents do have the right to know where you are at all times.

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On the other hand, there's something to be said for privacy, and it freaks me out a bit that someone could conceivably be checking up on my whereabouts. It's one thing to use a service like Foursquare [3] or Loopt to voluntarily let others know where you are; it's another entirely to have someone checking in at any given moment.

What do you think?


Source URL
http://www.popsugar.com/tech/Track-Family-Members-T-FamilyMap-App-7292797