Tracking & Surveillance

What are the pros and con of being monitered/tracked

THE PROS OF TRACKING AND SURVEILLANCE

Using tracking and surveillance we can track and hunt down criminals. Police are able to use a cell phone's location to determine where assistance is needed in a 911 call and they use cell phones to locate missing people who are unable to call for help themselves. Surveilllance has also intimidated criminals, for example CCTV cameras have reduced property crime all across America.

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THE EFFECTS OF TRACKING AND SURVEILLANCE

This has affected car theft on public streets, store break-ins and muggings in parking lots.The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has resorted to the use of surveillance drones to curb the poaching of elephants and rhinos in Kenya’s National Parks. A company called hawkeye 11 can track people anywere for up to six hours, this type of technology can be used to view robbories, and shootings. Phone commpanies can record and track were you are and were you have been. Many people aren’t aware that a smartphone is a location-tracking device. It’s constantly sending signals to nearby cell towers, even when it’s not being used. And wireless carriers store data about your device, from where it’s been to whom you’ve called and texted, it stores this information for years. Most buildings and stores in America have surveillance systems. In the online world, consumers who surf the Internet unintentionally surrender all kinds of personal information to marketing firms that use invisible tracking technology to monitor online activity, for example if you use bank of america and they know you credit card id a hacker could get ahold of this information. There is also a tracking device called a thermal tracker. Fire fighters commonly use this device to find the source of fires.
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THE CONS OF TRACKING AND SURVEILLANCE

Privacy issues and the ability of criminals to use this information to endanger people and property. Since 2001, cell phone carriers have been making it easier to track your cell phone. Global-positioning systems, called GPS, and other technologies used by phone companies have unexpectedly made it easier for abusers to track their victims. A U.S. Justice Department report last year estimated that more than 25,000 adults in the U.S. are victims of GPS stalking annually, including by cellphone. Cell phone carriers sometimes make location services available to consumers, like offering the ability to track family members online, which can pose a security concern if the wrong person is able to tap into such a service. It has been argued that the same technology police use to bypass carriers to track phones could be acquired by criminals to track your whereabouts. posting on Twitter or Facebook while on vacation can tell people where you are and how far away you are from an empty house. If you dont put change your default password for your cameras and computers you can be watched, a perfect example of this is insecam.com. There have been a lot of arguements over weather insecam.com should even be legal.
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