Creepy or Not? Can’t Tell.

Tracking Drive Vehicle Car Tracker Gps/gsm/gprs System

Bottom line, anyone with $50 ($40 for the device, $10 for a pre-pay SIM card) and who can pop your hood and work for a few minutes can monitor everywhere your car goes. He can also kill your ignition remotely, but that would be a dumb thing to do because it would most likely lead to you finding the device.

Oh, sure, it’s sold as a way to keep track of your own car, but it’s important to think about how a technology (or a law) can be misused.

On the other hand, Big Brother already has a real good idea where your car goes, between OnStar, your highway toll transponders, the RF transmitters in your tires, always-on license plate cameras, and probably other things I’m forgetting, you must assume your car’s location is always known in any urban area. Roll in constant tracking of your cell phone’s location and goverment access without warrants and Big Brother knows where you are pretty much all day every day. And don’t forget listening in whenever they get a warrant they want to. (What? Don’t carry a cell phone? But I neeeeeeeeed it!) (It used to be considered good advice to the paranoid to take the battery out of the phone if you weren’t using it. That advice is obsolete.)


Creepy or Not? Can’t Tell. — 3 Comments

  1. 5 years ago I used a similar but more expensive and less user-friendly device while tracking my now-ex wife and her lover. They always used her car, so it was easy. My name was on the title, so technically no problem putting a tracker on “my” car.

    It gave me strength to know for sure what I had already guessed. And if the judges in Illinois actually followed the law, I could have filed using adultery as grounds. Of course, this is Illinois, and following the law by officials in government is not only optional, but frowned upon.

  2. I’m having trouble understanding how a phone without a power source can be tracked. If the battery is out and there are no other power sources, by what method is it possible to track a phone. I don’t think battery removal as an anti tracking feature is obsolete unless phones now come with additional power sources.