Location and Tracking Privacy
The words location tracking can lead many to worry about privacy. Some may worry about the government knowing their whereabouts, stalkers spying on them or even a spouse monitoring their movements. Although the technology could allow anyone to find you at any given moment, measures are being taken to prevent this kind of abuse.
Wireless companies are ensuring consumers that federal law prevents these scenarios from happening. In 1999, the U.S. Congress amended the Communications Act of 1934 to include a privacy provision by adding section 222, which states:
This provision is intended to protect consumers' information from being given out. However, consumers must decide how much privacy they are willing to trade for the conveniences and benefits offered by location-tracking technology.
More Great Links
- E 9-1-1
- Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA)
- FCC - Enhanced 911 - Wireless Services
- Privacy Issues in Location-Aware Mobile Devices
- Communications Act of 1934
- RFID Journal
- IBM - Location Based Services