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Do You Worry About Being Tracked Via Your Gadgets?

Current releases Traitor and Pineapple Express both feature main characters convinced that they are being tracked and monitored by the police or some government agency. In some cases it's true and in others it's just drug-induced paranoia, but the fear certainly isn't limited to fiction.

I have a friend that is certain that Fastrak, a company that created an electronic toll collection system for Bay Area bridges, is in cahoots with the police and monitors drivers' activity and whereabouts. It's a notion that seems laughable to me, but cell phone carriers are required to provide the ability to trace cell phone calls to a location within 100 meters or less.

For the most part e-tracking is reserved for emergency situations, but the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice can locate a cellular customer and track their whereabouts. Is this something you consider or worry about?


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thoroughlymodern thoroughlymodern 9 years
Forget the FBI and the Department of Justice - Veronica Mars might be tracking you! Especially if you you're in a relationship with her...;) But seriously, ever since I saw V Mars plant tracking devices in people's phone's, I've wanted the technology to do that. Not so much for deviant purposes, but just for informative ones, like say, knowing where my family members are. It's kind of like that clock that the Weasleys have... lol.
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 9 years
LOL Macgirl... I actually use my iPhone so people CAN tell where I am. :-) I think The Man has better things to do than check in on me. I'm pretty harmless. Plus if I'm ever being robbed or in a fire or whatever, it's actually kind of good to know that they can triangulate and figger out where I am to help me.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
totally. that's exactly why i don't twitter or take my phone with me every where. and i don't have gps in my car. maps still work!!!!!! call me a conspiracy theorist but mostly i'm just trying to beat the man.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
Funny, I spend all this time loopt'ing on my iPhone trying to let people know where I am and some are scared of the same technology. I do see how it could be used for evil though.
MissMarisol MissMarisol 9 years
I am not very interested to be tracked.
devils devils 9 years
Nah, I'm not worried. Like the option says, why would they want to track me? lol. They can see how boring my days are =D
mnp mnp 9 years
Yes, it's creepy that they have the ability to track me. However, in the instance that I'm kidnapped or something happens to me that I need to be tracked - glad to know it exists.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
I don't worry about it. It's horrible if they do track it, but I don't have anything to worry about.
apma apma 9 years
It is a little creepy but it's not like I'm running around committing crimes or something.
caroline_1 caroline_1 9 years
i agree its weird, but i havent done anything wrong, and my life is boring.. if verizon wants to know that im in my living room, go for it.
angelinemarie angelinemarie 9 years
its not like im on the run or anything, its just it is creepy that they can do that.
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