From the Beeb:
There are some new GPS-based products — in the $50 range — that are designed to let parents know where their kids are at all times. Or, at least, at all times when they have a clear view of the sky. Which they wouldn’t have if they were, say, in a club or a crack house or a friends’ basement playing video games.
Simon Davis, director of Privacy International, voices concern that parents might go a little nuts with this stuff:
‘What this can result in – and we’ve seen this through visual surveillance technology and bugs that can be put into children’s bedrooms – is parents becoming obsessed, to the point of having an unhealthy and destructive relationship with their children,’ he said.
True enough. Of course, parents who use this stuff in an unhealthy and destructive way would very like find other means to behave in an unhealthy and destructive way regarding their kids. Or their spouses. Or their business rivals.
Once again, the problem isn’t with the technology, it’s with the user.