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Google Latitude: Big Geek is watching you

Should we tell Google to get lost or let it put us in our place?

Published on February 10th 2009.

Google Latitude: Big Geek is watching you
Yes: - 55%
No: - 45%

What was life like before Google? Well, there were those old fashioned things called books, remember them. Despite only existing for 13 years, Google, the most powerful brand in the world, is keen to up its influence with its new tracking system.

Google Latitude allows you to know where your friends and family are and their movements simply by looking at a map on your mobile phone.

Now it's not to say we don't like Google.

You hear the phrase 'google it' at least once a week and Google Earth is an impressive tool. The problem with Google Latitude, it seems, is that maybe some of us don't want to be tracked and monitored.

Jeremy Kyle certainly won't be out of a job when jealous spouses start hiding mobiles in their partners’ rucksacks to find out where they're off too. It's mass surveillance gone mad. Didn't George Orwell give us a heads up on the ramifications of this type of privacy invasion? Google is useful but it needn't be omnipresent.

Or on the other hand, are we just being paranoid? After all, it's your choice to download Latitude and your choice to make yourself 'seen' on the map, so it's not a total free-for-all. And surely one of the huge benefits with technology of this kind is finding, for example, missing children.

It will also be beneficial for sales companies to monitor their staff. It will aid road trips, when you need to keep track of your convoy. What about meeting up with friends? One of the biggest niggles about Facebook is that we're getting too used to 'meeting up' with friends in the virtual sense. Latitude would let you know if any of your Facebook friends are actually in your area so you can meet up in person. It could save your dinner from going to the dog if your partner knows you’re stuck on the motorway.

It's got plenty of positive purposes, hasn’t it?

Should we tell Google to get lost or let it put us in our place? Vote on the homepage.

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11 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

shiveringgoatFebruary 6th 2009.

You can turn it on or off what's the problem? !!

emma graceFebruary 6th 2009.

Seems pointless to me, I mean if you want to know where someone is, surely you can just call them? If you're stuck on the motorway and you're afraid your tea is going to go to the dog, wouldn't you just phone home? Am I missing something here? And how are they proposing to track us anyway? Are we all going to be implanted with chips in the backs of our necks like those animal microchips?! I don't want to be chipped!!!!

pcplopFebruary 6th 2009.

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Sexton BlakeFebruary 6th 2009.

Is your shift key broken officer, or are you just a semiliterate chump?

DigFebruary 6th 2009.

Potentially could be a criminals tool. Don't give this device the time of day. People with mobile phone contracts are already being tracked. We are a few steps away from having chips in our necks!

Liverpool WagFebruary 6th 2009.

if not on our shoulders...

Professor ChucklebuttyFebruary 6th 2009.

It's not the chips in our neck that worries me, it's what they want to put in our rissoles.

KINGXABIFebruary 6th 2009.

this is a potentially great tool for identifying and controlling the child molesting monsters who stalk young children. If the Government kept a database of all mobile numbers and it was mandatory that mobiles must be left on at all times - then known sex offenders and peedophiles could be tracked easily. If the peedophiles refused to keep their phones on they would be arrested. simple. its a solution that is in place and solves the problem of child molestataion immediately.Most families would buy a phone if this was made law for there kids.

AnonymousFebruary 6th 2009.

Ha ha ha!

KINGTAXIFebruary 6th 2009.

99% of child sexual abuse is committed by members of the family or friends of the family.Hang's too good for 'em!

Joe BaxiFebruary 6th 2009.

The other 1% are bankers. String 'em up!

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