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Let’s Pay Attention to Locational Privacy

September 2, 2009

GPS monitoring. Membership cards that one swipes. Transit tickets. Cell phone tracks. Web cookies. CCTV cameras on street corners.

The idea of constantly monitoring the citizenry’s movements used to conjure up images of totalitarian states. Now, technology does the surveillance — generally in the name of being helpful. It’s time for a serious conversation about how much of our privacy of movement we want to give up.

So writes Adam Cohen in The New York Times (A Casualty of the Technology Revolution: ‘Locational Privacy’), August 31, 2009.

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