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The Privacy Issues With GPS Auto Navigation Systems


A great deal of people are very worried about privacy and security irregularities regarding GPS auto navigation systems. This does not only affect your in-car sat nav, but also portable units such as your cell phone.

These days the majority of people can be tracked one way or another, whether it be by their cell phone, their GPS auto navigation system or an RFID tag that was sewn into a shirt they purchased last month at a supermarket.

Some people do not care about this state of affairs, some deplore it, but most people are not even conscious of it. It is hard to avoid being tracked. It is often stated that anyone walking around London carrying out his or her routine daily life these days, shows up on a closed circuit TV screen about 300 times every day.

However, there are advantages. If I was being mugged in London, I would hope that someone could see me on a screen and send the police or if I was mountain climbing and I fell and broke my leg, I would be glad that the rescue personnel could track me because I was using a GPS enabled cell phone.

Luckily, there are fairly strict laws in place in most Western countries restricting what can be done with the intelligence gathered from GPS auto navigation systems. The problem is that everyone believes that governments break the law and can change them to suit themselves whenever they want. No-one trusts politicians. Not even politicians.

This creates a massive dilemma for a lot of people and in particular parents of young children. Do you enable the tracking options of a GPS enabled cell phone so that you or your child can be found if lost or injured or are you scared that that information may be misused by a criminal of some sort - a kidnapper or a child-molester?

None of us actually knows what our governments are up to or capable of, but we are being wound up by films and books about the widespread invasion of our privacy and what clever people can do with the information that is floating around us in the air.

In reality, we have all given up a lot of the privacy that our grandparents took for granted, but the apparent risks to society are greater these days, although 9/11 could have happened to the Empire State Building 80 years ago and anthrax could have been released on London or New York 100 years ago. People do not have to have high technology to bring out atrocities. Look at World War One or Rwanda.

GPS and auto navigation systems are good things. They help you remain aware of where your loved ones are and give you the peace of mind that if they get into difficulty they will have a better opportunity of getting out of it.

The information gathered by these GPS auto navigation systems can be used in the wrong way, that is undeniable, but at the moment it probably is not. However, employing GPS auto navigation systems can help keep you and your family secure.

 


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