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GPS Ankle Monitors are Redundant in Era of Ubiquitous Smartphones

Sometime ago, I came across an article which documented how smartphones can now perform many functions which once required physically separate devices. For example, smartphones now universally have acceptably good video and sound voice recording capabilities- thus replacing the still camera, camcorder and pocket voice recorder, at least for non-professional users. The same can be said of their ability to access GPS and other radio-navigation data, making it unnecessary for most users to own a dedicated GPS receiver. While I am fine with technological advancement and convenience, I am also cognizant of their downsides and potential for abuse.

As many of you know, one of the many peculiarities of what passes for “law enforcement” in USA is its strong attraction for technological “solutions”- especially if someone who is already rich can make more money from it. That is why, for example, the carceral and borderline third-world state of USA is by far the largest user of GPS ankle monitors. It occurred to me that this is one more device that has been made redundant by smartphones. See.. Google, Apple, almost every single one of your smartphone apps and internet monopolies such as FakeBook are already spying on everyone 24/7, and this includes geolocation. Why keep using an old technology such as GPS ankle monitors when people will pay to buy the latest smartphone and privacy-invading apps?

What do you think? Comments?

  1. P Ray
    February 21, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    The real difference between them is …
    the borders of the house are the limits of the ankle monitor,
    but the borders of the world are the limits of the smartphone. Plus, with so much news being localised and “tailored to your previous searches”, search engines create individualised echo chambers and basically accelerate radicalism, which funnily enough, gets more people to act extremely to “gain street cred” in whichever fellowship they belong to.

    • P Ray
      February 23, 2019 at 7:28 am

      For the good example of “gaining street cred” and “Trump derangement syndrome” and possibly narcissistic personality disorder, one can look at Jussie Smollett.
      NPDs are usually undone by their need for even greater compensation after they’ve already made their money. Then they’ll sabotage things to prove their usefulness.

  2. February 21, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    I tried telling people this years ago and they though I was crazy. This is what got Edward Snowden in trouble when he told the people that governments are basically spying on them.

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