FoRK digest, Vol 1 #699 - 16 msgs

Bill Kearney
Fri, 11 Jan 2002 15:08:06 -0500

> Kid's watch with integrated GPS and PCS messaging lets you track where
your child is:
> Locks securely on the kid's wrist, so you don't have to go to the
> trouble of having it implanted.  Plus it's particularly accurate as a
> timepiece.  $399.

Yeah, such a deal!  You get to pay $40 month for this service.  One that
will doubtlessly be cracked.  So how long before it becomes the pedophile's
ideal game of geocaching?

Not to mention they company would certainly be interested in pimping off the
location information to their 'interested business partners'. How long
before your kid playing on a sporting field starts resulting in mail order
catalogs for that particular game coming to the house?

The whole idea of the thing being lockable is really scary.  And you can
unlock it remotely.  Haven't there been a ton of sci-fi plot lines about the
prisoners wearing locked belts of this sort?

Yeah, sure it's a good idea, it's "for the children" after all!

-Bill Kearney