Thursday, May 18, 2006

The pocket stalker

We’ve mentioned the burgeoning market in tracking children’s movements before, but someone seems to be misinformed as to our views on the subject. ARCH has just received a flyer from a company marketing a device 'no bigger than a pack of chewing gum' that can tell you where your child has been! This gizmo records its own location as it is (unsuspectingly?) carried along, and the information can be downloaded later.

It seems the pretence that these gadgets are about child protection has finally been dropped, and the new marketing tactic is to go straight for the exploitation of lack of trust between parent and child, regardless of any further damage it might inflict on the relationship. How very Werner von Braun.

2 Comments:

At Thursday, May 18, 2006 3:35:00 PM, Anonymous Watching Them, Watching Us said...

The other market segment which such companies sometimes also try to exploit is the very natural fear for spouses or parents who are suffering from Alzheimer's disease or other forms of senile dementia.

What level of accuracy does this particular device claim ?

How secure is the online tracking website ?

Have all the systems administrators with access to this tracking data at least undergone Criminal Records Bureau checks, as if they were employed in a job with direct, unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults ?

See
http://www.spy.org.uk/cgi-bin/childlocate.pl


to see how even an ethical company can make horrendous mistakes with the security of such a system.

 
At Thursday, May 18, 2006 7:08:00 PM, Anonymous mel said...

wtwu
sorry my friend, your link is a little too secure, I'm getting an Access Denied message.

 

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