Tracking Kids, Tracking Employees — What's The Difference?
from the walkaway-walkaway-I-will-follow dept
Motorola’s decided to throw its hat into the cellular kid-tracking game, its CEO saying it will make phones that allow parents to monitor their child’s whereabouts (well, the whereabouts of their phone, anyway) as well as censor content they don’t like. This comes the same day as Sprint says it will start offering employee tracking, based on a service that Nextel, its recent purchase, has been using for a while. The benefits of tracking either employees or children aren’t necessarily clear: while the idea of always being able to locate your child or keep tabs on an employee might sound wonderful, there’s little reason to believe that either group won’t figure out how to circumvent any tracking (or censorship) mechanism they don’t like, and the unintended consequences of tracking can often outweigh any benefit. Wonder if dogs do the same thing when they’re being tracked.