262S11+Dobson+_22Every+step+you+take%2C+every+move+you+make_22+2005

262S11+Dobson+_22Every+step+you+take%2C+every+move+you+make_22+2005

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Jerome E. Dobson 1 . 2005. “Every step you take, every move you make,” Chicago Tribune , February 25. Commentary 2 . It's time for an explicit national debate on human-tracking that goes far beyond privacy issues. When public school students in Sutter, Calif., were ordered to wear radio frequency identification tags around their necks, the children's parents objected and the principal backed down. Already, schoolchildren in Osaka, Japan, are required to carry similar tags tucked into their belongings. The government of Mexico tracks court officials with RFID tags implanted in their shoulders. Finland changed its national laws to allow cell-phone tracking of children. A woman in Kenosha discovered her estranged husband had hidden a Global Positioning System tracker in her car. All are current news items. Once viewed as a futuristic nightmare, human-tracking is now affordable and available without restriction. For $200, plus a monthly service fee of $20, anyone can purchase an electronic device that puts George Orwell's 1984 surveillance technology to shame. 3 They're marketed as "kid-tracking" devices, though some ads also mention pets and senior citizens. In vivid shades of doublespeak, one company offers service plans named "Liberty, Independence and Freedom," but surveillance and control are their purpose. At the very least, human-tracking devices will alter relationships between some parents
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