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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

GPS Locator Technology: Is Fear of Abuse Worse than Losing a Child?

As technology advances, humanity is faced with a dilemma that should be an aspect of common sense. Is implanting a GPS location chip morally right in order to keep your children safe? Surgically adding a device under the skin could eliminate the chance that the locator can be lost or removed by an assailant, but at what cost to humanity? While many parents are on board with the idea of being able to find their children immediately in the case of an emergency, some are deciding against using technology because of how easy it can be abused. Unfortunately, the events of 2013 haven't helped in the arguments against abuse as conspiracies and a long list of privacy invasion makes headlines from our governing officials.

Every Move You Make...
Like every technological advancement, there has been someone there to exploit it for personal or corporate gains. In the event of GPS tracking, government officials would be able to track your every move regardless where you were. Since the people of the United States have witnessed that phone conversations and text messaging is no longer sacred and private, GPS locator technology would most surely be abused cloaked in some anti-terrorist law, unless there were policies to safeguard against this loophole. And since the implanted chip could remain under the skin indefinitely, anyone who has access to the technology could track every movement your child makes for the rest of his or her life, hypothetically of course.

Every Breath You Take...

From the innocent standpoint, a GPS locator within a child could locate him or her within a few meters of his or her actual location. This could mean the difference between returning your child home safely or not. Combined with Amber Alerts, returning a child to home safely would be incredibly faster in comparison. Those who would take a child would have a considerable more difficult task of getting one across state lines as the locator can be activated almost immediately. For devices that are implanted, there is less likelihood that the assailant would be able to circumvent authorities regardless of his or her precautions. Clothing can be thrown away, but a chip implanted in the hand is less likely a target, hypothetically of course.

Every Step You Take...
Some counter argue the safety of GPS location devices by stating that if you weren't doing anything illegal, you should have nothing to fear. However, it is much more than that to many Americans. And rightfully so. It's not merely the fact that the government can watch as you visit the hair salon or take note of which grocery stores you visit, but more of the fact that they can do just that. And without the capacity to leave the locator behind, your every step can be watched from the comfort of someone's office chair.

Every Mobile Device You Use...

Currently, a form of GPS location can be in your pocket right now without surgical implementation. Nearly every smartphone has the capacity to record and distribute your location. In fact, most of your location apps do just that. From as simple as a golf app to get yardage for each stroke to security systems that can help you track and find your lost or stolen smartphone and/or tablet, you are already subscribing to GPS technology. The difference is, you can leave these items at home or disable the settings, preventing the devices from being used to follow your  every movements. If you have a chip implanted under your skin, it's not like you can detach that part of your body if you don't want someone knowing where you are.

...I'll Be Watching You.
In the event of a child being taken, the fear of losing your child forever should be more motivating than what "Big Brother" wants to do with the information. However, many parents don't see it in such regards. Once your child is chipped, they can remain under the watchful eye of government officials for the rest of his or her life. This means if a tornado destroys a shopping mall, the person can be found much quicker. There are an incredible amount of positive possibilities to locating a person, hypothetically of course.

Somehow, a morally-sound and safe happy-medium needs to be established. Is this even a direction of humanity we want to embrace? The prospective good that GPS location technology has warrants additional scrutiny and policies. If done right, GPS technology could play a vital role in protecting children, and may legitimately have a place in child safety. Perhaps if there were a certain level of trancperacy within the agency appointed to protect the digital fingerprints, maybe more people would be comfortable with the technology? Unfortunately, corruption knows no boudaries and the safeguards put in place to protect us could be manipulated and abused by the government, corporatons and the public, hypotehtically of course.


Author Bio: Rachel is an ex-babysitting pro as well as a professional writer and blogger. She is a graduate from Iowa State University and currently writes for www.babysitting.net. She welcomes questions/comments which can be sent to rachelthomas.author@gmail.com

Additional Writing & Editing by Anthony Gonzalez for Child Quest International

1 comment:

  1. This is an interesting article. GPS technology has improved dramatically over the past few years. They now are used for so many things. I have been reading articles about how NASA are launching space ships with GPS systems now. Also, the military use GPS systems for unmanned aerial vehicles. This is very encouraging because this method could possibly save the lives of many American soldiers.

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