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Chapter 1. PRIVACY AT RISK > Location, Location, Location

Location, Location, Location

Scared? In the next few years privacy advocates foresee far more Orwellian scenarios. For several years, thanks to Global Positioning Systems (GPS), someone could track your location anywhere on the globe, cheaply and relatively easily. Now surveillance is being supersized; the authorities may soon have the ability to track everyone, everywhere. They may even be able to track the vehicles you drive and the products you buy.

In fact, you probably already have a tracking device in your pocket. By law, new "E911 capable" cell phones must have tracking technology built-in so emergency services can locate you when you call 911 on your mobile phone. (Whether this service actually works depends on where you live; it has yet to be implemented nationwide, due to problems upgrading antiquated emergency dispatch systems.)


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