Mobile Phones as Homing Beacons

It may seem Orwellian to some, but the first major commercial service that traces people’s locations using their mobile phones — mapAmobile — is designed more to ease the minds of worried parents and suspicious bosses than to enable unauthorised spying. While any new mobile purchased over the past 18 months in the US or is probably E911 capable, enabling law enforcement to home in on your phone in case of an emergency — like that isn’t going to be abused

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