02/01/14

Modern technology today has created a world where we have a considerable lack of privacy. Our ability to get "lost" in the world is becoming a lost art, and disappearing into the fabric of society is no longer as simple as it once was. The popularity of cell phones, especially GPS enabled cell phones has made it almost too easy to be able to keep tabs on almost anyone's movements. Some cell phones, such as the iPhone, even store the GPS movements in a hidden file. Luckily this file can be removed by special software, however you would need to know about it and know the file even existed to protect your privacy.

Almost all new cell phones manufactured today automatically come with GPS tracking capabilities and are continusouly tracking whenever the phone is on, even if you aren't currently using the GPS application at the time. Because everyone uses their phone for multiple functions, it is on all the time, so it is always tracking your moves. Now a greater portion of apps have GPS locator ability on them so whenever you take a picture, or send a text through their app, they will track exactly where in the world you are doing that task at that particular time. The game Where in the world is Carmen Santiago is no longer so difficult to solve in todays world! 

How does this GPS tracking differ from a GPS locator service?

A GPS locator service allows you to physically locate any GPS enabled cell phone that has been verified, which requires you to have it in your physical possession at least once. Once you have subscribed to that service, you can log in and track their movements as they go about town. Tracking them in this way is very similar to taking a GPS tracking device, and installing it clandestinely in someone's car. Since most people don't think of their cell phone as something that someone can track them through, it is a more clandestine approach. You can actually give the person you want to track a new phone, and most of the time, they won't be the wiser that their movements are being tracked. The cell phone can also be planted in their vehicle without their knowledge, just like a GPS tracking device. If you know how to connect the cell phone to the car battery, you don't have to remove it from the vehicle every 2 or 3 days to recharge it.

This raises huge privacy issues, and in some locations may be illegal to do this, however it is currently difficult to regulate this kind of activity. Many ex-husbands have been caught tracking their ex-wives using this technique and as a result, have raised many safety concerns. Most people are not technologically savvy and would have a difficult time knowing where to look for a hidden cell phone in their vehicle. One woman became suspicious because her ex-husband always knew her whereabouts and had her car searched, where they did find a hidden GPS enabled cell phone attached to her car.

It is very easy to track someone with a cell phone. Most mobile phone companies will soon begin to offer these tracking services as an add-on to their service plan. For those that don't yet have it, you can use third party locator services to use GPS to track cell phone. There are a few third party services out there that may have the features most trackers, both innocent and clandestine, are looking for.

Tracking someone through their cell phone is easy once you know the steps. The first step is looking up that number and getting the information you need from a reliable service. Read more about GPS track cell phones.

03/30/12

Permalink 10:49:49 am by gps guy, Categories: GPS Jammers , Tags: ,

Most cell phones, especially smartphones, have GPS tracking capabilities.  Today it is so easy to track your whereabouts, that it can easily be abused by big brother.  So with technology, our privacy is at stake.  This article talks about some of the privacy issues that have now come to pass with the widespread free GPS tracking ability with cell phones.  Read on for more!

 

True, there are many advantages and benefits of GPS cell phone tracking. However, it does not escape the public's concern, as it can sometimes be viewed as an invasion to one's privacy. With cell phone tracking, almost all cell phone carriers can easily be tracked by other people, and this can be very disturbing to users.

But one advantage of it is that you can easily be tracked down in case you meet an accident. Dialing 911 from a cell phone would alert the emergency services of the exact location of the accident, and thus decrease their response time. Because they already know where you are located, they can immediately head to the location of the emergency.

That is why, because of this very important and potentially life-saving benefit, it is crucial not to eliminate free mobile phone tracking but to limit it. Only emergency 911 calls can be tracked down, but not in any other circumstance where the cell phone owner has not given consent.

Law enforcement agencies are also being discouraged by the court to get personal information concerning mobile phone tracking knowledge from cell phone companies to track down suspects. If actual evidence of wrongdoing is not provided, then law enforcers are not authorized to get such records.

With all that, we can be assured that free GPS cell phone tracking is here to stay, but not with a few limitations and boundaries. After all, we don't want to be forever under the eyes of Big Brother, do we?

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07/17/11

Permalink 06:20:47 pm by gps guy, Categories: Privacy Issues , Tags: , , , , ,

With any advancement in technology, comes the advancement of ways to abuse that technology.  In most cases, people don't tend to misuse the technology, but there will always be an element of those, including government and law enforcent that can abuse the technology.  There is a debate on this issue, and do we have the right to not be tracked?  Do we have the right to keep our privacy?  Where will this debate end up?  In the following article, the author discusses more about the GPS tracking privacy debate.  I do like some of the conclusions the author has come to.

Recently, a debate on a television news channel pitted two lawyers against each other in an effort to lay out the most salient points about privacy as it relates to government tracking of cell phones via GPS Tracking. There are strident voices on both sides of the issue of privacy and both have valid points to make.

Pro-tracking view

It is already being done. GPS Tracking is already happening whether you know it or not. It is being used mainly in law enforcement to help capture suspects in the act of illegal activities. The use of tracking in this way is being challenged in courts with limited effect. Courts are generally supportive of this type of use when the evidence is overwhelmingly against those being tracked.

It is a safety/security issue. The use of GPS Tracking of cell phones has been found to be a good method of locating those who are in trouble. Recent news stories about those who have become lost and used their cell phones to supply location information buoy the positive vibe provided by their safe return.

You are already being tracked in other ways. Another line of reasoning points out that you are already being tracked in daily activities in other ways. From credit card transactions to traffic cameras at major intersections, you are being watched and recorded.

Con-tracking view

Get a warrant. The one thing that still presents a hurdle to free-wheeling tracking of anyone is the requirement to get a warrant to justify tracking activities. The lack of a warrant in instances where GPS Tracking is used is justification to bring legal challenges.

Invasion of privacy. Privacy concerns are at the foremost of those who push back against tracking activities. How is the line between legal and illegal tracking determined? Who decides the difference? So far, that has been left to law enforcement agencies and the court system.

GPS Tracking is viewed as further erosion to individual privacy. Those who fight against this type of activity have their hands full.

Conclusion

Tracking of an individual should not be the default stance of a government. It should be the exception and follow strict guidelines and laws. We have given away a lot of our freedoms by embracing technology, and this is but another example. There are two ways to help prevent the spread of invasion of privacy issues when it comes to government tracking.

Control. One must have the ability to control when they are being tracked. This means that there should be an on/off setting (if there is not already) on cell phones that have this feature. Sure, this means that using GPS Tracking of cell phones might not be available for some 'good' uses, but that is a price that needs to be paid to help insure that individual freedoms are not infringed upon.

Hold accountable. Once it is discovered that illegal tracking is being used, forces for justice and law must be brought to bear to hold those accountable. This is the only way to stop the activity. It is important to send a message that it is not an acceptable practice and those who use technology in this way will be prosecuted.

This debate is not going to go away any time soon because while safety and law enforcement efforts benefit from GPS Tracking, the potential abuses are all too prevalent in our society.

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09/12/10

GPS technology is in almost every type of device today, from automobiles to cellphones and watches.  How does one keep their privacy and keep it from being abused?  Sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands!  This article is about how to do that if you are in a vehicle that has GPS tracking installed and you want to keep the privacy of your movements.  This article discusses some of the things you can do to keep your location privacy.

GPS Jamming Devices.

The scope and nature of technology has done great advancements and the GPS tracking system is one of them. The tracking device is touted to be the best, most driver-oriented automated device and fascinating, containing the electronic detailed road map, turning out as a boon for all of them who are on roads, especially when they are uncertain of a particular terrain as the GPS system is filled with accurate and essential information about the land marks, speed limits, alternate routes, distance readings, road routes, memory back-tracking and many other features to let the automobile owner how to get anywhere.

Suppose that for some reasons you want to get rid of the GPS system which is installed in your vehicle to track your movements. The GPS device is designed and installed in the vehicle which could be a car, truck or motorcycle to keep a track record of your position in space in spite of your actual location. The process takes only few minutes to show the current and actual existing location. Thus, mostly people prefer to get relieve from it.

Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to disable the GPS system of a vehicle. It is needed to be completely removed from the vehicle; it is a magnetic device box which is located elsewhere in the vehicle and is exceptionally complicated to find.

Now, the vehicle manufacturers are making such vehicles which have an in-built GPS system. This helps to retain the owner with a peace of mind that their car is secure and safe, and they can keep a check through the track record in a time of less than few minutes. The GPS system is useful in providing the information regarding the vehicle's whereabouts to the owner who is sitting elsewhere.

Once you get to locate the GPS device which is installed in your vehicle, you can simply diffuse it by pulling out the fuse from the vehicle, but the device is mostly installed at an unknown place in the vehicle and is not easy to locate. Sometime the device is hidden and cannot be shutoff.

To disable the GPS device in the vehicle, you can get a GPS device signal tracking jammer. It is a small gadget which emits signal that jams any of the GPS devices with a radius of 5meters. This will be preventing the unit from transmitting the data, making you disappeared to those who are observing you.

You may need to purchase the GPS defense device to disable the tracking. The name of device is GPS Tracker Defense. Even though, it is extremely hard to find the device in United States, but it is easily available in United Kingdom. By year 2009, it was priced approx $200 and was available from spywarehouse.co.uk.

You only need to install the device in your vehicle. It will start working immediately to prevent any of the GPS tracking units attached to your cell phone or vehicle from transmitting the signals to the satellite. This will help you become invisible effectively. The navigation system in the vehicle will also be disabled.

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08/09/10

Permalink 12:32:26 am by gps guy, Categories: Privacy Issues , Tags: , ,

GPS tracking and privacy concerns are clashing more and more as the technology becomes more complex and affordable.  It is becomming very easy to track people as a result.  So where does one draw the line?  Now that law enforcement has embraced this technology to help track and find crininals, the chance for invasion of privacy has increased significantly.  This article talks about how law inforcement uses this technology.

 

Jason Cobus can shoot hoops on his driveway, but can't walk the extra 3 yards to check his mailbox. That's because the distance to the mailbox is outside the limits his ankle monitoring bracelet will to allow him to go before alerting law enforcement.

As a result of a drug conviction last year, Cobus must wear an ankle monitoring device that uses GPS (Global Positioning System) monitoring. This technology allows law enforcement officials to continuously track offenders like Cobus.

The GPS monitoring device displays high-quality maps detailing street by street information on each offender being tracked. The technology also makes it possible to contact an offender at anytime through cellular communication. Officers use a hand-held GPS monitoring device and a cellular phone that displays the offender's GPS location on detailed digital maps.

Many in law enforcement are pushing to use the GPS monitoring technology in more ways to protect the public. One use under consideration is the monitoring of domestic violence offenders. Just as a GPS device can find a lost driver, it can also alert police when a domestic violence offender enters a restricted zone, like the area surrounding a victim's home or office.

But many question whether outfitting a convicted batterer for such purpose is a violation of one's civil liberties. Can law enforcement track an offender because of a suspicion that he/she might violate a protective order? And what about the legality of monitoring the offender when he is in any area that isn't a part of a protective order. Is it legal to use GPS monitoring of a person at the grocery store? Or in their own home?

These are questions currently being explored in court cases throughout the country. While some justices seem alarmed at the privacy implications, others have found the monitoring to be proper.

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05/10/10

Permalink 08:54:47 pm by gps guy, Categories: Privacy Issues , Tags: ,

Cell phone technology has come a long way and it has exponentially increased in terms of what it can do.  Especially with the development of smartphones, it is easier than ever to add covert software that can track your movements.  If one isn't aware, they can have this covert software on their phone for a long time.  This software can track your movements, read you contacts, track your phone calls and even tap into accounts that you may be connecting to.  In this article, it discusses how to detect this kind of clandestine software on your own cell phone.  Read on for more.

What Is Spy Phone Software?

Spy Phone Software (sometimes referred to as cell spyware) is software that is downloaded directly into a compatible mobile.

Once installed, the software becomes undetectable and immediately begins to record activity, and then secretly uploads all the data to an online web account.

The person who installed the spy software, can now log into their account via any internet connected device, and view all activity recorded, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

What Can It Do

Spy phone software has come a long ways over the last few years. In the past, the only thing this type of software did, was enable someone to read text messages by secretly forwarding the text messages to another number. However, the technology has now improved to give users a variety of spy options such as:

Text Message Interception - Spy software secretly records all text messages sent and received. Full contents of each message will be revealed.

Email Logging - All outgoing email messages will be secretly recorded.

Call History (with inbound/outbound time & call duration) - This spy feature will enable someone to find out when and who the user is talking to.

Call Interception - This spy phone feature gives someone the ability to listen to a LIVE call in progress. No more wondering what was said, with this feature, a would be spy can secretly listen in on your cell conversation.

Spy Call / Remote Monitoring - This feature turns a mobile into a remote listening device when not in use.

GPS Tracking - If installed on a mobile with GPS, all GPS location coordinates will be recorded and sent to your online account. This will enable you to track the person in real time.

Now that you know what spyphone software is and what it can do, how can you find out if you have it on your cell? Here are the top five things to look out for.

Top Five Things To Look Out For That Might Indicate You Have Spy Phone Software On Your Cell.

1) Can I Borrow Your cellphone? Someone has recently asked to borrow your mobile to make a "private call" or to download a ring tone or something similar such as an app or game. (99.9% of all spy software requires a person to get physical access in order to install the software.)

2) Where Is My Charger? Is your battery life suddenly a lot shorter than the usual amount of hours? Depending on the type of software, you might experience a considerable amount of abnormal battery drain.

3) Receipt Please! Your SMS / text message bill has recently increased and you do not remember sending so many messages. Another sign is that you notice an unusual increase in GPRS activity and/or charges on your bill. Most cell phone spyware apps use GPRS to transfer the data logs, which means you might be able to identify an increase in data traffic if you normally do not download ring tones, surfing the net, etc.

4) Strange Lights. Your device 'lights up' for no reason but does not ring. Some types of spyware have remote monitoring features and when someone attempts to call or monitor you, the spy software cannot stop the mobile from lighting up/flash.

5) Strange Noises? Some have a live call interception feature, which cause your cell phone to actually make a noise when you are talking on it. Sometimes it is hard to tell with background noise in general, but if you are inside and notice a clicking noise, it probably means you are being tapped.

If some or all of these are happening to you, the only way to completely remove it is to go to the place of purchase and/or service provider and tell them you want to reinstall the firmware because someone installed cell spyware. You can also check out Spy Phone Software forums online for the latest detection applications. Most of these forums have resources where you can download free applications that will detect these type of programs.

As you can see, this type of technology has come a long ways and it is a lot more powerful than people think. The good news is that there are ways to detect it and ultimately remove it.

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12/30/09

This article comes from the take of the employee and how they are affected with vehicle tracking.  GPS vehicle tracking does have it's benefits and merits, but where do benefits end and privacy begin?  This is a tricky question that wil no doubt be debated hotly over the next few decades as legislations struggles to keep up with technology.  This is not an issue that is confined to one area of the world, but to many parts of the world.

 

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Vehicle Tracking is, by it’s very nature, often seen by drivers as a technology which is highly intrusive, an infringement upon their right to privacy and another stick used to beat the back of the employee.

There is no doubt that in some organisations this is probably a true reflection of both the concerns of the workers and how Vehicle Tracking is used by organisations with poor management.

However, this need not be the case. A workforce that feels exploited and put upon is less likely to want to positively contribute to the success of the enterprise.

Introducing Vehicle Tracking should be both seen and used as a positive move to increase productivity, reduce costs, improve customer service, ensure driver safety and ultimately be used to the benefit of employer, employee and customer.

Employers who implement vehicle tracking systems on vehicles driven by employees should be aware that the use of information and data gathered by these systems are regulated by numerous pieces of legislation.

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The use of data and the actions taken by an employer or public body as a result of information gathered by technology such as Vehicle Tracking are governed under Data Protection and Employment Rights legislation. However, this protection is not explicit and well defined in relation to Vehicle Tracking itself and as such legal guidance should always be sought to ensure compliance with the law.

To quote from the Freight Best Practice Guide

As data is collected relating to the performance and even personal identity of drivers, issues surrounding privacy arise. The benefits of risk management and cost efficiency will have to be balanced against the civil liberties of employees. Management should be aware of the;

Data Protection Act (1998)
Article 8 of the Human Rights Act (1998) relating to the privacy rights of the individual.

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12/10/09

There are really only 2 main ways to fool GPS tracking systems. Why would someone want to do this?  There could be a number of reasons and some of them include:

  • privacy from a stalking ex
  • privacy from an employer
  • privacy in general.

 

most of the major reasons involve privacy.  There are percentage of others that can involve illegal purposes, and goverment tracking via a wiretapping order, but we won't discuss those reasons in this blog.

The 2 ways involve 2 concepts based on physics.  The 1st is to create a signal that overpowers the GPS signal coming into the device.  If that signal is interrupted some how, then the device can't get a clear signal and therefore can't record any geographic information.  This method is called jamming the gps signal, and there are devices out there that will do this that fit into your car charger.  You have to however know if having a device like this is legal in your area.  If it isn't, then you would have to implement the 2nd way which may or may not be possible.

The 2nd way to fool a GPS tracking system is to cover the antennae on the device with a metal foil.  The thing is that you have to know where the device is in your vehicle, and if you are a novice, you may have a lot of difficulty finding it.  It may be worth it to you to hire a private detective to locate it for you in this case.   Once you find it, if you can find the antennae for reading the incoming GPS signal, then just wrap them with wires and you are now on your way to the road to privacy.

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Again, you will have to check the local laws in your area to see if it is legal to do this as well.  Most private detectives will tell you "just don't get caught" with either way you choose, but if you want to stay on the up and up, then check the legality of whatever method you decide upon.


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10/05/09

Permalink 10:50:15 am by gps guy, Categories: Privacy Issues , Tags: ,

Technology advances always have a privacy issue involved because it makes it easier for those who wish to abuse the technology to invade our privacy.  As with other technologies, GPS tracking privacy is no different.  There is a trade off between security and privacy.  When is security an invasion of privacy?  This article discusses some of the pros and cons between security and privacy and the relationship between the two.  For more information, here is an article about 1 companies use of GPS technology and how it can affect the public's privacy.

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GPS Security

As you may well be aware, there are many important benefits to consider when using the Global Positioning Satellite System (GPS). It is invaluable when trying to navigate in unfamiliar areas, but some people think it is an invasion of privacy. Security and privacy have been openly debated, and most adults believe that it is more beneficial than detrimental.

GPS tracking devices can provide monitoring data on a vehicle such as total miles driven, speeds that it was driven, traveled routes, as well as its current location. The sophistication and quantity of available monitored data varies depending upon the system and the make and model of the GPS device and vehicle of installation.

This is also widely regarded as an invasion of our personal privacy. To give one example, a standard rental car contract will often stipulate that if you go over 79 miles per hour, you will have to pay extra for the wear and tear that the car suffers. The car rental company can find out if you are going too fast by receiving information from the GPS tracking devices that are attached to the vehicle. Thus, if you go over 79 miles per hour, they will know, and you will be billed.

Frequently, parents believe that GPS security and privacy issues are minimal in comparison with the security of knowing the location of their child. In fact, some parents use GPS devices to monitor their child's location and activities. If their child fails to follow the parents' guidelines, these parents may opt to suspend driving and socialization privileges.

GPS cell phones no longer require people to purchase expensive hardware to track a loved one. Cell phone companies now offer this option. However most cell phones do not offer the user direct access to the GPS data. Accurate location determination requires the assistance of the wireless network, and the GPS data is transmitted only if a 911 emergency call is made.

Cellphones raise lots of privacy issues. Consumers are often not aware that their movements are recorded and tracked. Global Positioning Systems (GPS) reveal a person's location. This type of location data helps police with their investigations, such as tracking down a criminal or even someone who is lost or missing. They can act as a safety device to protecting your family and loved ones. Location technology also helps locate stolen cars. The technology for these tracking devices is constantly improving. However, there is some potential that tracking data can be misused.

As many of you already know, the Global Positioning Satellite System has a number of major benefits. It can be of huge assistance to those navigating in unfamiliar territory. But some people consider it to be an invasion of privacy. GPS security and privacy, has been widely discussed. GPS vehicle tracking devices can provide monitoring data, such as total miles driven, speeds that it was driven, traveled routes, as well as its current location. The benefit of GPS cell phones is that, with this technology there is no need of buying expensive equipment to monitor a loved one.


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09/03/09

Permalink 11:13:23 pm by gps guy, Categories: Privacy Issues , Tags: , ,

Step 1. Determine If You Truly Are Being Tracked

The first step is to determine of you are truly being monitored with a GPS tracking device. In order to do this, you have to physically locate the device in the vehicle, or on the equipment. You would have to know what a GPS tracking device would look like as well as where to look. Most people don't know what a GPS tracking device looks like so many people could be looking at one and not even know it. Also, they are small enough to be hidden in the darnedest places. Most people don't have experience in looking for these types of devices so it becomes more difficult know where or how to look for a GPS device as well. To easily overcome both of these problems, you can hire a private investigator to do a search for you, or if you want to keep it on the down low and not leave any paper trail of your search, you can buy a GPS tracking detector device and sweep any car, or equipment yourself for any GPS tracking devices.

Step 2. Determine What Kind Of GPS Tracking Device Is Connected and How it's Connected

There are a number of different kinds of GPS tracking devices that can be installed in a vehicle or piece of equipment. Some of these devices have external wires (antennae) and some don't. The kind of device that is installed, will determine the kind of solution you would be able to use. Some GPS devices have the antennae sticking outside of the housing unit. As technology improves however, more and more devices will have the antennae inside the housing unit. It is also important to see if the device is easy to get to or not. If the device is not easy to get to, then there will be difficult to implement certain solutions to mask the incoming GPS signal (if you can't remove it). Once you have located the tracking device with a sweeper, and have determined the kind of device it is, you can implement the solution.

Step 3. Implement your covert GPS tracking privacy solution

Once you have found the device, you can implement your solution. If the tracking device was placed there covertly and it is your vehicle, you can simply remove the device. If it isn't your vehicle, and you don't want to raise alarm, you can leave it there and jam the device when you want to keep your movements private.

If the device is easy to get to and the antennae are outside the box, you can wrap the antennae in a metal foil and that can keep the device from tracking your movements. Just remember to remove the foil when you return the vehicle.

A simpler solution, and one that should be used when the device is difficult to get to, or you can wrap the antennae in a metal foil, is to use a portable GPS jamming device. These devices work within a small area, but big enough to work on the vehicle you are driving. You can easily find GPS tracking jammers online.

Every year it gets easier for big brother to know every detail of your life. There are certain things however that you can do to take back some of your privacy. These simple steps give you guided detail on what you can do to keep the prying eyes of GPS tracking devices from your movements.

08/03/09

The one thing that can be certain with technology is that as it advances, our privacy retreats. Many high tech devices are great at spying, probing and prying our daily movements and activities, and now it is easier than ever for average citizens to get into the game as well. GPS tracking technology is no different. This technology allows employers, parents and jealous ex-lovers to track our movements as easy as logging into a GPS tracking system, and as affordable as a monthly cable bill. As an individual, how do you get your privacy back? There are 2 effective ways for taking yourself off of the GPS radar grid.

1. Purchase a GPS Jamming Device

GPS Jamming devices work off of the concept that if the signal can't reach the GPS tracking device, then no tracking can take place. GPS Jamming devices work by sending out a stronger localized signal that effectively blocks the incoming tracking data so the tracking device can't see the signal to be able to store the coordinates into the device. No tracking information is then recorded in the device because there is nothing to record. GPS jamming devices work within a small area and are effective in vehicles in jamming the signal to the vehicle's tracking device, or they can be used on your person to jam any GPS device you are carrying (such as a cell phone).

The major issue with these devices is that many localities ban the sale of these devices because they are transmitting signals at frequencies that the FCC doesn't like. Even though these devices are only effective at a short distance, owning these devices is still prohibited. It is similar to having radar detecting equipment in localities that have made it illegal. There are some companies that sell these devices online to anyone willing to take the possible risk.

2. Use Good Old Fashioned Technology

Another way to jam GPS signals is to use good old fashioned technology... metal foil. If you can find the wires in the GPS tracking device, you can wrap the wires in a metal foil (aluminum foil or some other type of metal foil) and you will be able to block much of the signal coming into the device. The issue is that you have to know where the GPS tracking device is and you have to know where the antennae wires are on the device. If the tracking device is built into the vehicle, it may be difficult to find and even more difficult to encase the wires in foil.

There are only a few ways in which you can regain your privacy if you feel you are being tracked with a GPS tracking device. Even though your options may be limited, they are effective. The solution you use may depend upon the local laws in your area if you want to stay above board. Check out these GPS Privacy solutions, and discover the solutions to keeping your privacy from nosey bosses and jealous lovers. GPS Jammers. (Article Creation Service)


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07/11/09

Permalink 01:02:08 am by gps guy, Categories: GPS Jammers

GPS jammers have had an increase in interest by the public and employees who drive vehicles that are equipped with vehicle GPS tracking devices. GPS jammers provide some privacy to the person being tracked because they jam the signal coming into the GPS tracking device so it can't record the location of the vehicle during the trip.

As with most technology, GPS tracking jammers can be overcome as well, however the ability to overcome a GPS tracking jammer is currently only within the domain of the military to overcome the defenses against GPS guided weapons.

How does an anti-jamming system work? This article has a great description of how they work in theory.

http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htecm/articles/20090529.aspx

07/05/09

Permalink 10:19:03 pm by gps guy, Categories: GPS Jammers

This article discusses the convenience of GPS tracking and the invasion of privacy potential that comes with this technological convenience. The question of law enforcement, slightly unstable exes and employers taking advantage of this ability to spy on an individuals movements to the point of blatant invasion of privacy comes to the surface full fledged. Read on for more on this issue in this article.

There are many areas in which we are vulnerable to invasion of privacy concerns. It is part of the landscape in which we find ourselves living. The best that one can do is to try to keep privacy concerns in mind while using systems that give benefits as well.

GPS Tracking has its presence on both sides of the equation of the battle between privacy and security.

On the side of privacy, GPS Tracking can be viewed as an invasion. In fact, litigation is making its way through some state courts which is testing the legality of such devices and how they are being used. GPS Tracking is being used by law enforcement departments to track suspected criminals. Warrants are obtained for their use and so far, the courts are stating that because the devices are attached to vehicles, they perform the same surveillance that law enforcement officers would use on their own, so they do not violate privacy rights.

If you are concerned about this type of tracking, stop to consider that there are other, even more sinister violations to your privacy that occur every day in the form of Internet prowling, etc. We have given up a lot of our privacy because of catastrophic events that have changed the way we view the threats upon our existence. The best way to combat invasion of privacy is to be aware of it and employ methods that can help prevent breeches from occurring.

From a security standpoint, GPS Tracking devices offer benefits that help keep our world and communities safer. When used in the proper context and oversight GPS Tracking can provide businesses with data that they need to enforce their business operation principles which allows them to remain profitable. It also gives them information that they need to monitor their vehicles. This is especially advantageous for those businesses that employ a fleet of vehicles and drivers.

Law enforcement can be aided by the use of GPS Tracking devices by being able to locate stolen property and returning it to owners. Also, they can use them for tracking the movements of suspects for evidentiary purposes.

Parents can track their teens driving habits and location which improves accountability. This helps keep our roads and streets safer, too.

This discussion proves that both privacy issues and security with GPS Tracking have their place in our society. The ability to use technology in order to make improvements to our society brings responsibility and benefits. Use GPS Tracking devices to make your life better. You will be glad you did.

James Neely, Writer and Entrepreneur

Is a freelance writer who writes about GPS Tracking systems. Visit this link: tracking devices to find the right system to meet your needs.


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03/16/09

Permalink 10:31:11 pm by gps guy, Categories: GPS Jammers

There was a question asked on this site about how to block the tracking from a tom-tom GPS fleet tracking device that was installed by a company. There are a couple of ways you can do it. Some ways will depend upon where you live because the are not legal to purchase in some places of the world. I will share it anyway because you may be from that place in the world where it is legal.

The first way to avoid tracking is if the wires are easily accessible, then you can cover the wires with foil. That will stop the incoming GPS signal as metal is not friendly to GPS.

The second method is to Get a GPS Jammer. This method depends upon where you live because some jurisdictions don't allow these jammers legally (kind of like some types of speed detectors.) If you get a GPS jammer, you want something that is small enough to be powered by the cigarette lighter so it stays on when you park the vehicle so you don't get caught.

Here is a place where you can purchase a GPS Tracking Jammer


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01/09/09

For those of you who like their privacy when driving a company car or driving a rental car, you may be surprised that your every move is being tracked. Not only is your route being tracked, but how fast you are going and how long you have stayed at a particular location. As GPS tracking technology becomes more and more affordable for businesses, you will find that your chances of being tracked increase as each year passes.

Happy Goldfish Bowl to everyone!

So what are some ways you can keep your privacy to yourself? As far as the GPS tracking arena goes, there are GPS Jammers. What they do is send out an interfering signal so that the GPS tracking device cannot communicate with the GPS satellite network system. You want to make sure that it is active the whole time you want to be "hidden" because most of these systems are designed to record their position fairly frequently, so if their is a break in the interference signal, the tracking device will tag you.

So where can you get these systems? Here is one source.

GPS Jammers at Amazon

This is the only place I found them so far. Spy Associates used to have one but they don't anymore.

**UPDATE**

Here is another place. Again, you will have to check with your locality to see if they are legal to have:

Portable GPS + Mobile Phone Jammer - 10 Meter Range


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12/28/08

Permalink 04:25:54 pm by gps guy, Categories: Privacy Issues

With advances in technology, there is always the tendency to relinquish more and more of our privacy. GPS tracking cell phone technology is no different. It is now easier than ever for consumers and civilians to track each other without the knowledge of the tracked. This article discusses just how easy it is and how significant others, employers, and law enforcement to track our whereabouts. It is definitely the gold fish bowl society that we are moving towards. Read on for more about the article.

Boyfriends are using it to stalk their girlfriends, employers are using it to track their employees and parents are using it to control their kids. But, is it legal? The cell phone GPS surveillance industry is exploding. In the next few years it is expected to be a 20 billion dollar a year industry.

For a relatively small fee you can contact a cell phone provider and turn a portable phone into a surveillance and tracking device. But in most countries surveillance of an individual without their explicit consent is against the law. Whether it be monitoring whom you call, the contents of the conversation or your location it is a violation of privacy laws in just about all civilized countries around the world. You either need a law court's permission or that person's documented consent to use a cell phone GPS surveillance device to monitor them. Unfortunately the new technology is being used illegally far to often.

A terrifying example of abuse of cell phone GPS surveillance occurred recently in Oregon in the USA. A wife divorced her husband because he was trying to control everything she did. This type of situation is not unusual. Often the ex-husband will continue to stalk and try to control his ex-wife long after the divorce. In this case everywhere she went he would follow. There was nothing she could do to shake him off night or day. She was justifiably afraid he would kill her. If you look through the history of murders this situation often ends up being the motive. An excessively controlling man feels that he is losing his wife or ex-wife and in a fit of rage murders her as the ultimate act of control. She complained to the police but there was not much they could do. After several months of this going on the police checked her vehicle and found a cell phone behind the dashboard. The ex-husband had purchased a cell phone with GPS surveillance, hooked it up so that it's battery was charged by the car's battery and set the cell phone to silent answer. At any time he could call the cell phone and unless she was out for a long walk he would know exactly where she was and could even listen in on conversations going on in the car.

Unfortunately, your own cell phone can be used against you in a similar fashion if you are not careful. All it takes is for someone else to get a hold of your portable phone for about 5 minutes without you knowing about it. They can go on the Internet, register your phone with a cell phone GPS surveillance service and pay for it with their own credit card. All of this can happen without you knowing about it. The service will send several messages to your phone right away notifying you that you are being tracked but if the person erases those messages you will never know they set up GPS surveillance on you.

This GPS surveillance technology is not just for cell phones. It is showing up in a variety of portable electronic devices. It appears that watches will be the next big item to integrate GPS surveillance and tracking. Even today you can buy any of a dozen or more Timex watches that have integrated GPS tracking and surveillance. But along with this incredible micro technology goes a huge legal problem. Currently the software for these GPS surveillance devices does not contain significant safeguards against legal and privacy abuses but hopefully that will change before things get out of control.

Michael Russell Your Independent guide to surveillance-guides.com

Get these GPS Tracking Blocker and Jammer solutions to protect your privacy,


UPDATE: These 1st 2 items are really no longer in stock at Amazon. There is no planned date to get more of them. You may get lucky and run across a used one.

High Power GPS Blocker with AC Adapter and Car Charger (110V-220V)

Super Mini Cigarette Lighter GPS Blocker

This 3rd item is in stock:

Portable GPS + Mobile Phone Jammer - 10 Meter Range


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08/04/08

Permalink 03:21:28 pm by gps guy, Categories: GPS Jammers

Link: http://allgpstracking.net/gpstracking/index.php/gpstrackingprivacy/2007/11/09/gps_jammers_what_do_the_really_do

Covert Portable GPS JammerI have seen some questions recently on how to beat GPS tracking systems, especially how to beat the gps tracking on nextel company radios. One way to do this is to use a GPS jammer. These devices basically send out an isolation frequency signal that prevents the GPS device from communicating with the GPS satellites.

When wanting to jam a company radio, or gps cell phone, you will want a device that is small enough to carry in your pocket and can be recharged in your car as well as at home. Preferably, you would want to find a GPS Jamming device that can be used WHILE it is being charged so if you are in your car for long periods of time, you can still use the device to jam the GPS tracking system.

That is the best way to beat a GPS tracking system whether it is in your car, or your nextel company radio, or cell phone. There are many options available today.

Here are some of the options available below:

Tiny Anti Tracker GPS Blocker - In Car Use Covert Portable GPS Jammer

04/10/08

Permalink 08:19:46 pm by gps guy, Categories: Privacy Issues

A new device is coming out called the DASHexpress. What is interesting about this
device is that it relies on other users to gather real-time information on traffic conditions using a technology called the Dash Driver Network™. What is it and how does it work?
Imagine this...

You are on your way to work and you have a choice between 2 routes. You are running a bit late so you turn on your handy dandy Dash express unit mounted on your dashboard. After a few moments, BAM, lights, and data are flashing on your screen, the highway is a mess! At best, traffic is moving about 5 miles an hour! This information isn't 5 minutes ago, or earlier that morning, it is NOW in this moment. You quickly look at your second choice and see that while traffic is heavy, it is moving at 55 miles an hour. Your momma didn't raise no fools, so you wisely take your 2nd choice to work. You arrive on time and calm knowing your little secret dashboard pal 'had your back' on the way to work this morning.

How was this so? What was this technology that allowed you to avoid what could have been a potential extreem stress test? Well, you can thank the poor slob who got caught in the traffic and unfortuanately didn't turn on his little secret dashboard pal until it was too late to avoid the traffic. While he was sitting in traffic giving his blood vessels a 'high-pressure" workout, his little handy dandy unit was transmitting all kinds of information back to the base station, such as his speed, direction, and location, all in real time!

As more and more people use the device, the more accurate and comprehensive the data will be. Are you afraid of being the first one and don't want to be the poor slob caught in traffic? Well, don't despair. Because not only does the Dash system get data from other dash units, but they get data from road sensors, commercial fleets and other sources through their partnership with Inrix.

What is more interesting, is that your device is loaded with historical data about the traffic patterns. Imagine knowing when and where to avoid if you have to get somewhere in a hurry?

Their driver network provides data for over 2 million miles of US road, and is the only source of real time driving conditions for surface roads. So chances are, you'll be driving on some of those 2 million miles of roads.

So why is this listed in the privacy section of my blog? Well, there is that issue of having your whereabouts transmitted somewhere 24/7. They say that the data transmitted is anonymous, but I was a programmer in a previous life and it is pretty easy to change a bit from a 0 to a 1 change all that.

In any case, if you already have a GPS unit and you are totally into the technology, then this is a piece of technology that you would love to get in line to have. Right now, they are not available, but you can pre-order them below.




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11/29/07

Permalink 08:12:38 am by gps guy, Categories: Privacy Issues

This is an interesting article about GPS Tracking in cell phones and the privacy issues that are associated with this technology. With so many cell phones out there, do we know how much we are being watched? Do we even know that there is GPS tracking technology in our cell phone? Do the phone companies tell us this when we buy the phone?

Nearly all cell phone end users have a cell phone feature that they did not even realize they possessed. Not everyone recognizes that their phone is outfitted with a GPS tracking device. All the same, the question that comes up is that does that sound chilling or pretty neat? To the majority of individuals, it feels paradoxically both good and bad. Although more individuals are frightened that a GPS function on cell phones pulls us one step nearer to a 'Big Brother' kind of society, however many other people are enthusiastic for the abilities it provides users.

Nevertheless, where the line gets blurred is when safety is overshadowed by the potential for invasion of your privacy when the ability to track daily movements of an individual sets in. This gives rise to concerns of who has the ability to access such private information.

However, E911 has a relevant law that is fairly explicit in its orders. It gives the ability to carriers to give tracking location information to third parties for E911 emergency calls only, however this data cannot be furnished under any circumstance at all without the prior consent of the cell phone owner.

Their features that help consumers, such as maps, directions and restaurant and Movie Theater finding abilities, the GPS equipped cell phone supplies emergency call centers with data critical to preserving lives. Regrettably, it's rather frequently that a person dial 911 to report an accident, fire or other emergency, and whenever requested where they are, they can merely state the name of the city they are close to, or the interstate highway on which they are traveling on.

In such cases, the location information is inadequate. This is why cell phones are nowadays GPS enabled; call centers can detect your position through GPS in the same manner they have been able to trace calls from land-lines for so numerous years.

What's In It for Consumers?

Although the above-mentioned safety option is meant to be used for emergency uses, cell phone companies have brought the GPS cell phone far beyond this rudimentary 911-enhanced phone. In order to make GPS attractive to customers, cell phone suppliers have produced numerous methods that cell phone end users can utilize the GPS feature on cell phones for themselves, irrespective of whether or not the 911-enhancement is ever used.

The majority of cell phone service providers have made directions and maps ready to be used as part of the GPS feature of their phones. Before you become too charged up in regards to this, you have to recognize that this service is not a free additional bonus on your present service; employing your cell phone for maps and directions calls for an added service plan that amounts to about $10 per month. If you are averse to still added monthly subscription to be paid-up, there are software programs that, for a one-time-only-fee of purchasing the software, can add similar features to your GPS cell phone.

As technology move ahead, several of these GPS cell phones can still be used as handheld GPS devices merely to be utilized during walking or biking. The prior and less costly variations need an antenna on your car in addition to a console in your car, only the wave of the future is upon us, if users are ready to pay the price for it. It appears that even now numerous consumers are buying into the navigation generation of cell phones.

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11/09/07

Permalink 01:22:53 am by gps guy, Categories: GPS Jammers , Tags: ,

Link: http://allgpstracking.net/directory

GPS Jammers use a code interference technology to block the GPS signal to the satellite. When the GPS signal has that much interference, it can't communicate with the GPS satellites and therefore is unable to communicate your position to the satellites. This means that whatever GPS tracking device is in your vehicle can literally cause your vehicle to become "invisible" to the GPS tracking Satellite system. The debate on privacy is a continuous one and there will always be products made to invade our privacy or protect our privacy and sometimes one or the other can find themselves on either side of the law.

Many Vehicle GPS Jammer's work by plugging them into the Cigarette lighter of a vehicle. Signals from other electronic devices such as cell phone, wifi, laptop, tv, etc are not interfered with. With this unit just plug in and play. Will not affect other vehicles. Many of these type of devices have the following capabilities and uses:

# Prevent car from being tracked.

# Prevent human from being tracked.

# Doesn't intercept mobile phone and other electronics.

# Doesn't affect gps navigation installed on other cars.

# Portable and easy to use. # Can be used Worldwide.

 

Some GPS Jammers below:

Covert Portable GPS Jammer

Tiny Anti Tracker GPS Blocker - In Car Use

Super Mini Cigarette Lighter GPS Blocker

More Jammers:

Portable GPS + Mobile Phone Jammer - 10 Meter Range


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03/19/07

Permalink 03:41:59 pm by gps guy, Categories: Privacy Issues

New technologies are available that make it even easier to track your movements and information. Somewhat related to gps tracking is RFID technology that is used to track anything from containers and inventory to people. In this age of decreasing privacy, this issue of using it to track people can be explosive. This article talks about some of the issues with RFID.

There are movies that entertain you, frighten you, and enlighten
you. There are movies that trigger your brain of a possible
invention that might take shape. This happens every time you
watch a Science-fiction movie you wonder, THIS is something that
can be explored! There have been movies in the past that have
shown the possibilities of planting a gadget inside a human to
track his/her daily activities. If that idea has already
triggered you of a possible invention, and you are on the edge
of dismissing that as a distant dream, think again! You could be
just on your way to getting yourself identified by surgically
implanting yourself with a rice-grain sized chip under your skin
thanks to a VeriChip.

Now, whats a VeriChip?

Applied Digital Solutions Inc, a company into RFID applications,
end-to-end food safety systems, GPS/Satellite communications,
and telecomm and security infrastructure, has come up with a
unique solution called the VeriChip. This chip is a subdermal
RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) device that can be used in
a variety of security, financial, emergency identification and
other applications. About the size of a grain of rice, each
VeriChip product contains a unique verification number. When
this chip senses one of Verichip's proprietary scanners, it gets
activated and transmits a unique ID number to the scanner. If
the number matches an ID number in a database, the person with
the chip under his or her skin can enter a secured room,
complete a financial transaction, get his medical records
verified, etc.

According to Applied Digital, this technology has been around
for a while. Digital Angel, a sister concern of Applied Digital
has been selling these identification chips for about 15 years
now. but most of them have until now been used only for
identifying animals like household pets and livestock. The U.S.
Department of Energy has also been using this technology to
monitor salmon migration. Whats more these chips can last for a
whooping 20 years!

So why use it on humans?

Applied Digital says that the idea for using these chips to
identify humans came after the horrifying incidents of the Sept.
11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
While watching the post disaster coverage on TV, Richard Seelig,
Vice President of medical applications at Applied Digital, saw
how firemen were writing their badge numbers on their arm with
pen so that they could be identified in the event of a disaster.
He then inserted one of these chips under his skin and tested
their viability and was quite amazed at how perfectly they
performed. As of now, about 9,000 VeriChips have been sold, of
which about 1,500 have been inserted into humans. This number
will soon increase, since even Federal Drug Administration (FDA)
has cleared VeriChip for medical applications in the United
States. However FDA hasnt yet cleared this device for usage in
security, financial, personal identification and safety
applications. It might not be long when these chips make their
way into other parts of the world.

Well, speaking of other parts of the world, the Mexican Police
Department has already chipped all of their personnel. The
Italian Ministry of Health has also started a six-month trial of
these chips for hospitals. The Baja Beach Club in Spain has also
used them as electronic wallets to buy drinks and pay for usage
of other facilities at their club. Most sales of these chips
have taken place outside the US in Russia, Switzerland,
Venezuela and Colombia.

How do you get it under your skin?

An authorized medical practitioner or surgeon can implant this
11-millimeter RFID chip in the fatty tissue below your right
tricep. This chipping procedure lasts just a few minutes and
involves the use of only a local anesthetic followed by quick,
painless insertion of the VeriChip. Once its inserted under your
skin, not even you can tell whether you have an RFID chip
implanted there. So where does the chip get its energy? Well,
you dont have to worry about that. This chip is dormant most of
the time and wakes up only when you pass your skin over an
external proprietary scanner. When you do this, a small amount
of radio frequency energy passes through the skin energizing the
chip. The chip then emits a radio frequency signal containing
the verification number. This number is then deciphered by the
scanner and transmitted to a secure data storage site accessed
by authorized personnel via telephone or Internet. "It is used
instead of other biometric applications such as fingerprints,
says Angela Fulcher, Vice President Marketing and Sales,
VeriChip Corporation. Implanting these chips would cost about
$150 - $200 per person.

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10/10/06

Permalink 03:18:37 pm by gps guy, Categories: Privacy Issues

This is a good article that talks about the state of survelliance using GPS Tracking technology and how it can affect society. The author, Robert Ing gives a great example of the movie "Enemy of the State", starring Will Smith, and how invasive technology has become. The author goes beyond GPS tracking and talks about other forms of personal data collection that is all too common in this day and age. Read on for an interesting discussion.

In the 1998 movie, "Enemy of the State", actor Will Smith's
personal privacy is invaded by his own government using high
technology devices planted in his home, office and even on his
person. Sounds far fetched? The technology does exist to do
everything portrayed in the movie and much more. The only
difference between the movie and real life is that unlike the
movie where government agents physically entered the home and
office of Smith, this is not necessary to breach the privacy of
any citizen.

If you are like most individuals, you have unknowingly
permitted yourself to be tracked, documented and your privacy
breached in exchange for living a life of convenience. When you
sign applications and agreements for your credit cards, bank
accounts, vehicle leases and mortgages have you really read the
fine print? The fine print in most cases states that you give
your permission to have your personal information collected by,
"exchanged" with, and even sold to third parties throughout the
course of your business dealings. Do you belong to a reward
points or discount program? The fine print of the agreement may
allow program operators to track your spending habits (where and
what you buy), allow them to share and even sell this
information to third parties and put you on mailing and
telephone solicitation lists of companies you've never heard of.

While this may seem more of an inconvenience than an invasion
of privacy consider the case of Mr. X. Mr. X had signed up for a
reward points program linked to his credit card. This meant
everywhere and every time he used his credit card he would get
points for all of his transactions to be used towards vacations,
gasoline and a new car. Mr. X was in line for a promotion with
his firm, a major multi-national corporation. As part of the
selection process he would have to submit to a background check
and security clearance. The firm conducting the check performed
what is known as a character lifestyle check and through their
sources were able to obtain a record of Mr. X's spending habits
over a two year period as documented by the reward points
program he had enrolled in. It was noted by an entry on his
spending record that he had on one occasion frequented a small
retail establishment whose operator had been convicted of child
pornography. As a result, Mr. X was not given a clearance for
the promotion and was later released from the firm's employ.
Further investigation found that the establishment in question
was a convenience store chain where Mr. X purchased a box of
chocolates for his wife's birthday. This was the one and only
documented time he had entered this establishment.

Similar tracking of individuals is also done via their personal
computers. In this case, most individuals are all too quick to
breeze through the Terms of Service posted on websites and in
software and as a result surrender their privacy all too easily.
People who do any form of online commerce from ordering
merchandise off of a website, to online banking and stock
trading are often tracked by having small files placed on their
computers without their knowledge, known as cookies to gather
and track personal and personal preference information. By
accepting the Terms of Service users agree to have the cookies
placed on their computer. Although the word "cookie" may not be
specifically used in the text of the document. Cookies, also
known in the computer security world as Spyware may provide
information about the computer owners name, address, telephone
number and e-mail address all culled from information provided
by the users themselves when they first registered their
computer operating system and software. Additional information
may be obtained on the type of software and computer used,
websites visited, Internet searches performed and total time
spent at the computer.

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10/01/06

Permalink 03:12:54 pm by gps guy, Categories: Privacy Issues

Link: http://allgpstracking.net/gpstrackingprivacy.html

This is an interesting article on the privacy issues involved in tracking your children using GPS technology. In today's world, how can privacy and security co-exist? The human aspect will not go away just because of an advancement in technology. In fact, an increase in technology almost always brings up privacy issues. Read this article for more insight into the privacy issues that arise with GPS Tracking.

he Global Positions System (GPS) satellites are free for
anyone to use. However, to use it, a GPS receiver is required
which is not free. In recent years these GPS receivers have
become very small and embedded in mobile phones. This has given
rise to many location based services. Though there are many
LBS applications that are very useful, there are a few
applications that are misused.

One of the location-based services as mentioned at Wireless Technologies reference
site is Child Tracking. In a study carried out by New
Media Technologies students (2005) in Australia, they have
detailed how this service can be misused. They state that,

"In 1998 the US implemented the Children's Online Privacy
Protection Act 1998
which limits the ways Web site operators
and others may collect and disseminate information pertaining to
customers under the age of 13. So far, Australia has not
followed suit and does not seem to have a law, which directly
protects children from technology such as the Internet. With the
introduction of global positioning systems for tracking
purposes, the issue of child protection needs to be addressed
before this technology gets into the wrong hands and used for
malicious purposes."

Some of the other consequences that may occur due to these
services are the problem of parent-child relationship and
also marital relationship. In their study they point out
"parents should negotiate with their teenagers an agreeable form
of knowing where they are whether it be GPS on their phone or
just a phone call to let them know where they are. This will
ensure that the relationship will not be damaged through a form
of mistrust."

And even between spouses each needs a bit of their own space and
privacy, which will be jeopardised by the use of this service
and may cause problems in marital relationships.

In a ZDNet news by Lisa Bowman (1999) speaks of some scary
scenarios where this technology can be misused such as,
"Insurance companies could refuse to insure you, or charge you
higher rates, unless you install a tracking system on your car.
They could then tell if you drive over 55 or spend time in shady
neighbourhoods where your car has a greater chance of being
stolen." Or "FBI and local police officials could have access to
your whereabouts by simply logging onto a database attached to a
cell phone, tollbooth or GPS tracker".

In yet another case a rental car company was sued by the
customer for tracking him down using GPS. "In a case that could
help set the bar for the amount of privacy drivers of rental
cars can expect, a Connecticut man is suing a local rental
company, Acme Rent-a-Car, after it used GPS (Global Positioning
System) technology to track him and then fined him $450 for
speeding three times." (Robert Lemos, 2001).

A Wireless week (2003) article lists how even location based
games can be misused. "In Sweden, thousands of wireless game
subscribers stalk each other using cell phones and location
technology. In Japan, you can use a GPS-enabled cell phone to
arrange a date, an application sometimes used by teenage
prostitutes. In many countries around the world, a GPS-based
game called "geocaching" is growing in popularity." Ever since
Princess Diana's death the perils of stalking has come to the
forefront in the media. The availability of such services will
only help the stalkers.

As if these are not enough there are other privacy issues
related to location based services. If you need further
reference visit http://www.m-indya.com/LBS/index.htm

About the author:
William Alexander is a wireless solutions consultant based in
Singapore. He has more than ten years of experience in
architecting wireless solutions for technologies such as LBS,
GPRS, 3G, WAP, SMS, Bluetooth etc. For more articles by William
Alexander please visit http://www.m-indya.com

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09/06/06

Permalink 12:30:56 am by gps guy, Categories: GPS Tracking System, Privacy Issues

Link: http://allgpstracking.net/gpstrackingprivacy.html

This is an interesting article that talks about some of the ethical issues of GPS tracking systems and their use by businesses to track their employees. This article definately takes the point of view of the business owner and how GPS tracking benefits businesses and their customers....

When people ask about my business, I tell them, "My company
offers GPS vehicle tracking systems." Their response lets me
know whether they are an employee or a business owner.

The first words out of the mouth of an employee is: "Sounds like
'Big Brother' to me." Oh no, not 'Big Brother!' Visions of
mind-controlled drones working like slaves come to mind and they
quickly walk away.

'Big Brother?' What is wrong with a business monitoring their
vehicles? Or making sure their employees are doing what they're
being paid to do? Who owns these vehicles, anyway? Does the
owner have a right to know how they're being used?

Now, don't get me wrong. I believe employees should be trusted
and treated as adults. But, if you've ever driven a rental
vehicle differently than the car you own, then you understand
how an employee may mistreat a company vehicle.

Take the speeding employee, for example. Employees who drive too
fast waste your gasoline, wear out your vehicle prematurely and
sooner or later, drive up your insurance rates.

A GPS vehicle tracking system can alert you when someone exceeds
your pre-set speed limit. It's your vehicle, your fuel and your
insurance premium; a tracking system helps you regain control of
them.

Who uses your vehicles after hours and on weekends? Is an
employee using your vehicle to moonlight? Is he using your gas
to move his brother-in-law into a new apartment? You'll know if
you install a GPS vehicle tracking device in your vehicles.

How do you verify overtime claims? Maybe you can verify the work
was done, but when? With a GPS tracking system, you can
cross-check a vehicle's location with the time of day it was
there.

Have you ever been tempted to take an extended lunch hour? Think
your employees might be tempted, especially if they're out of
the boss's sight? A GPS tracking system records how long each
vehicle remains at one location; use it to keep them honest.

Another benefit of GPS vehicle tracking systems: you'll never
make another phone call to find out where your employees
are--you can just look on the map displayed on your computer
screen. Also, your GPS tracking system will remind you when it's
time to rotate tires, change oil or perform other scheduled
maintenance. And, many insurance companies offer discounts of up
to 30% for vehicles protected with GPS tracking systems.

The employee also benefits when their company vehicle is
equipped with a GPS vehicle tracking system.

1. Hand-written driver logs are replaced with data from the
tracking system. 2. Using info from the gps tracking system,
each employee's productivity can be quantified and compared; an
employee's performance can be more objectively measured. 3. Your
dispatcher can look on a computer screen and locate all your
vehicles immediately.

Customers also benefit from GPS vehicle tracking systems.
Businesses can provide precise arrival or delivery estimates,
because the estimate is based upon the actual location of the
tracking device-equipped vehicle at the moment they call. If a
customer questions when your employee arrived or left --prove it
to them using data from your tracking system.

Still think GPS tracking systems are tools of 'Big Brother?' I
guess it depends upon your point of view.

The concept of 'Big Brother' never comes up with business
owners. The business owner will say: "How will tracking my
vehicles help my business make more money?" They want to know
what GPS vehicle tracking can do for them.

Are GPS vehicle tracking systems 'Big Brother?'--You tell me.

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