Cell Phone Tracking

Word comes from Brian J. that the state of Missouri may begin spying on drivers through their cell phones. Now being a Missourian this scares me I mean the Department of Transportation that doesn’t even do a good job fixing the roads wants to spy on me.

The Missouri Department of Transportation will spend $3 million annually on a program to monitor the movements of individuals on highways via their cell phones — without their knowledge or consent.

Delcan NET, a Canadian company, developed the system which triangulates the location of each driver by monitoring the signal sent from the cell phone as it is handed off from one cell tower to the next. Each phone is uniquely identified and the information is compared with a highway map to record on what road each motorist is traveling at any given time. The system also records the speed of each vehicle, opening up another potential ticketing technology.

Sounds like it’s time to blame Canada.

“The traffic community has been really excited for quite some time about the possibility of being able to use cell phones to track vehicles,” Valerie Briggs, program manager for transportation operations at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials told the Associated Press. “Almost everyone has a cell phone, so you have a lot of potential data points, and you can track data almost anywhere on the whole (road) system.”

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Spy on people through their phones, hell why were at it why don’t we just put a camera in everyone’s bedroom. A start of a police state? If it looks like one, acts like one umm maybe it is one.

Update by Rick Rajter: Not to mention a recently granted patent to the NSA (number 6947978 ) that allows for geographically locating a webuser by analyzing his or her traffic and essentially triangulating the position much like one finds the epicenter of an earthquake. Kinda scary. Here’s an article for more information.

posted by Jake Porter
  • Mark

    I live in St. Louis, MO. That’s outrageous. I’d like to think that, if word got out, people would rise up against it. But, that won’t happen. In the meantime, I’m glad I don’t have a cell phone.

  • Julian

    Seems as if we have found common ground to be in agreement. When I was in grammar school in the early 1950’s, we were taught every day that what separated the great US of A from totalitarian governments were two issues, the first that Americans did not spy on each other as neighbors and rat them out to the government and the second being that the government did not spy on its citizens.

    I guess that has all gone away. We are losing our liberties incrementaly, one little bite at a time.

  • rickrajter

    I see it along the lines of James Madison’s famous quote

    “If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. ”

    coupled with Ben Franklin’s quote

    “They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve
    neither liberty or security”

    This “war against terrorism” has forced a majority of Americans into cowering in the corner, sucking a thumb, and holding their security blanket. Then the government comes out and offers a way to track terrorists by cell phone.

    Watch how many sheeple jump on board.

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  • http://arepublic.blogspot.com David Schantz

    One more reason for not having a call phone. Julian’s comment,”We are losing our liberties incrementaly, one little bite at a time” reminded me of frog soup. For those of you that have never made it, getting the frog to stay in the pot is the hard part. Put him in the hot water and he jumps out. The secret to really good frog soup is to put the frog in the water while it is cold. Then you slowly turn up the heat.The soup is almost done now, but I’m afraid we’re in it.

    God Bless America, God Save The Republic

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  • Mike Michaels

    Back To Beepers The fed took a short cut in following our foot steps (every move) When will the spineless worms of this country wake up. Our freedoms lose ground daily. so much for monthly cell bills, Pre paid seem cheap for the price of privecy. What next GPS under wear.

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