Ok- now that we are all being tracked all the time…
Or those of us with smart phones…
For the uninitiated- about two months ago a signal was sent to all smart phones. It contained a COVID19 contact tracing thingy (if you don’t believe me, go to settings on your phone- it’s there- hopefully turned to off)
Now that we are on the same page, what do we think about how easy it was for our phones to be tracked, therefore how easy it was for us to be tracked?
I have mine turned off. I also have location services off on my phone (which basically means I can’t use maps to get exact directions) Yet, even with location services off, somehow I still get a google timeline each month of places I’ve been…
So no matter what you do- someone somewhere knows where you are. Probably Tim Cook or Sundar Pichai…
I realize that tracking someone via their phone is neither hard nor new. My family and I share an Apple password so I can just click “Find my Iphone” and know exactly where they are in about a nanosecond. When my daughter was in sixth grade, riding the subway, this was useful for my fraught nerves. And my family is aware of this, so we are all complicit in the quid pro quo of not looking unless there’s an emergency or issue.
But still…it’s there.
Does knowing that your exact location is stored somewhere make you change your actions?
Are you less likely to do bad things because big brother is literally not figuratively watching?
I remember when those car tracking devices came out. They were marketed as safety features to put on the car of a young driver- you would know where they are at all times. But I always wondered how many times they were used to check up on a spouse suspected of cheating. Isn’t that a great thing for a psychological thriller? Scorned man finds his wife’s car and deflates tires knowing that she will probably have to call him…Or something like that.
While we are on fictional scenarios of trackers gone wrong, what about the potential for a hacker to find out all the places you’ve been, and then blackmail you? Or a la Ashley Madison, publish a list online of who was with whom, when where and how?
The government knowing is probably the least of our worries. I’m guessing the common man/woman/whatever, or as stated Google or Apple, is more problematic… (FYI- on my android phone, I must go to Google to view the tracker)
So what do we think about, with the push of a button, someone, somewhere will know exactly where you are at all times?
Discuss the real life implications of this, but feel free to throw in some fictional teasers…
Discuss how anything being done to quell the wrath of COVID19 is worthwhile no matter what the cost?
This version has been modified from what was originally published because I thought of something while I was in the shower