Every once in a while as you surf the internet you stumble upon a common theme that seems to come out of nowhere. And so it was last night. The theme ... the loss of privacy due to tracking.
So three different articles and three very different angles on tracking.
When I first read this one I was blown away. How could it possibly be legal for a school to require students to carry an RFID identity so that they could be tracked in the school during the day. But hey, its Texas, so I guess anything goes. From wanting to secede from the Union because of the socialist Obama, they manage to somehow think individual tracking of students is ok. WOW!
A student who had protested a pilot program initiated in her school for students to carry IDs with RFID tracking chips embedded was expelled from her school. However, a judge later blocked the suspension pending further hearings.Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/...
Andrea Hernandez, a sophomore at the John Jay High School in San Antonio, Tex., did not like the idea of her school tracking her every move, and with the support of her parents, protested the idea over the summer.
Article 2: Saudi Arabia implements electronic tracking system for women
So it appears that Saudi women really are the property of their husbands. If they try to leave the country their husband receives an e-mail alerting him to the fact. This is done by the Saudi authorities. Just think of the degree of coordination and observation required to pull this off.
Denied the right to travel without consent from their male guardians and banned from driving, women in Saudi Arabia are now monitored by an electronic system that tracks any cross-border movements.Article 3: Man uses GPS to catch teacher wife having sex with student in car
Since last week, Saudi women’s male guardians began receiving text messages on their phones informing them when women under their custody leave the country, even if they are travelling together.
Can't resist the dig at a "Christian" school and underaged sex ... but here we have a husband using GPS to find the location of his wife.
A teacher at a private Christian school in Florida has been arrested after her husband found her having sex with a 16-year-old boy in a car.Comments:
The Palm Beach Post reports that the cuckolded husband made the shocking discovery after tracking his wife using the GPS signal from her cell phone.
Obviously there are some benefits to tracking. That is not the issue. The real issue is what limits can and should a society place on the ability to track individuals. This is especially relevant when the entity doing the tracking is in fact the government.
From tracking, to monitoring of communications, to reading e-mails we have reached a point where Orwell's Big Brother is banging down the door. Governments have already exceeded reasonable limits ... and have done so with almost no public discussion or consent. This creeping Big Brother state needs to have a spotlight shone upon it so that we, as citizens, can decide what is acceptable ... because clearly our representatives are not paying enough attention, or have been bought off by the security (fear) industry.
Or ... am just paranoid???