After Hours

The Emerging Ethics of Humancentric GPS Tracking and Monitoring

Date Added: Nov 2009
Format: PDF

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is increasingly being adopted by private and public enterprise to track and monitor humans for Location-Based Services (LBS). Some of these applications include personal locators for children, the elderly or those suffering from Alzheimer's or memory loss, and the monitoring of parolees for law enforcement, security or personal protection purposes. The continual miniaturization of the GPS chipset means that receivers can take the form of wristwatches, mini mobiles and bracelets, with the ability to pinpoint the longitude and latitude of a subject 24/7/365.