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Modern technology means we can track our children, but do we have the right to know where they are, and do they have the right to keep their location from us? Parents may not be able to keep their children in sight at all times, but GPS technology allows them to track their location almost anywhere. Many emerging products focus on children. With either existing GPS technology or that which one day may find its way onto the retail shelves, parents will be able to keep track of teenagers' use of cars, to know how fast the teens have been driving, or to find them when they do not return from a date by 11 in the evening. Little children can be given a bracelet to track their movements and help frantic parents when they get lost in the mall. An online retailer advertises a GPS-connected wristwatch that enables a parent to locate a child within a minute by making a simp... (more)

E911 and Privacy

Enhanced 911, usually called "E911," is technology that offers an abundance of solutions for safety and security problems. Prompted by federal law, cellphone companies must provide accurate technology to their handsets so that callers' locations can be identified in emergencies - whether through use of global positioning satellite (GPS) or other methodologies. The technology promises that emergency personnel can locate callers from roadside accidents, victims of crime, lost campers, children calling home, first responders, and others, simply by tracking the signal from the caller... (more)