Should government pass a new law mandating a private-public partnership to track where you and your phone are at all times?

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  • I have a better idea; Someone make an internet-based company dedicated to privacy

    Facebook saves information even if you just typed it out and deleted it. Gmail got a man in trouble sending an e-mail from his account automatically to his ex who has a restraining order. Why are internet-based companies so aloof to the needs and concerns of their clients? Someone needs to come forward and launch an internet-based company that puts the customers first and highlights the things companies like Facebook and Google do that it doesn't.

  • Governments are well known for deception, lies and hidden motives.

    Governments are well known for deception. Their agencies that run these operations (SIG-INT, NSA, FBI, MI5,MI6 etc.) are all behind a veil of secrecy and we all remember the information leaked about agents looking into people who were not suspected of crimes.

    There are already ways to track where your phone is via triangulation, via methods previously not used as phones are now usually 'smart' so they can be susceptible to Trojan's , spyware, root kits and other nastiness.

    You could ask, if you haven't done anything wrong, why should we care? Well, i could liken it to a girlfriend. You and your girlfriend are getting on great. She does keep some secrets from you but you don't think anything of it because we all have secrets, right? Then one day, you catch your girlfriend looking through your text messages, your emails, your social media posts/messages, your telephone bills, your purchases and even what library books you have been renting out. Would you feel a tad annoyed that someone had looked into your private things?Your personal life? That they hadn't trusted you?

    The fact is governments will lie about "We will only look into people when we have evidence of a crime" etc. Governments say things to the masses but behind the curtain, anything can happen that we can see.

  • Absolutely not, sir!

    The idea of requiring such a thing is simply ridiculous. It would allow the government to track down any individual anywhere they are. You're functionally asking for a big-brother society. Now, if you made this particular "mandate" into an optional program people can opt into if they so wish to, I see no problem with it. In fact, it can be quite beneficial in cases of kidnapping, murder, or in children running away from home.

  • Good Luck with that......

    I first read about this from some of Snowden's leaked files from NSA. I am sure that any Socialist Dictator would love to know every minute detail of every living breathing organism on Earth.

    Let’s start with the simple idea that there are good kinds of spying and bad kinds of spying. Good kinds of spying are focused externally to the American citizenry, aimed at protecting American interests and lives and obtaining information necessary to do that. Bad kinds of spying invade the privacy of Americans, often for no purpose or for purposes that have nothing to do with security, and obtain, collect, and tabulate information and the most private of secrets in an example of rampant overreach by the state.

    Central to the good approach is the idea that it means something to be an American, and that the way our government treats citizens is rightly different than the way it treats non-citizens. It is based on the concept that American civil liberties belong to Americans, not to the world – and that American rights to life, liberty, and property can only be denied by due process of law.

    The good approach also recognizes the need for, and the benefits of, espionage in the modern world. As Ronald Reagan’s old saw goes, we cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent. Spying on other nations, and the citizens of other nations, is undertaken because we know they are attempting to do the same to us, often successfully – and it does us no good to operate blindly.

    But it is also pursued because the information obtained can save lives. At their most useful, they can and do prevent attacks that start wars. And we have largely made our peace with this idea over the years. If the quiet, messy work of a few Americans in the dark can keep the vilest weapons out of terrorist hands, eliminate threats before they wreak havoc, or prevent the bombing deaths of thousands of innocents, it is worth doing.

    Yet there is also a limit to how much security our deep state can obtain without crossing the line and disrespecting the rights of Americans. This is the point where lines have to be drawn. Even if it would make us safer – and it might – to grant the American government access to our every waking act and communication, we have deemed that approach a dangerous one, which invests too much power in the hands of analysts and agencies. Power corrupts, and its corruption in this case can transform this information into a weapon against our own people or in pursuit of evil ends.

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SweetTea says2014-01-19T10:17:14.487
How do we know such tracking capability isn't already in use? Most people have smart phones. These phones offer a tracking option. I'm sure if the FBI, NSA, or whoever, tells a server to "track it" ... They are tracking the phone (whether you pay for the option or not). It's as simple as pushing a button.
Swift-Silent-Deadly says2014-01-20T03:59:28.223
Well that would be the point of this post, to point out and open peoples minds.