So, no privacy left in Texas, huh?
With the help of a dime-size adhesive tag on a vehicle's windshield and cutting-edge technology that detractors equate with Big Brother, police soon could track Texas cars and trucks - if a legislator's bill makes it into law.
Though the bill hasn't made it out of the Texas House of Representatives' Transportation Committee, it already has generated outrage among technophiles and privacy advocates who believe the technology, once introduced, will creep into other law enforcement areas.
"Why don't they just tag us like cattle and be done with it?" said Scott Henson, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Texas police accountability project in Austin.
House Bill 2893 calls for the state to use radio frequency identification devices, or RFID, for auto-insurance enforcement.
The bill excludes other law enforcement use, but privacy experts say it does little to protect personal rights.
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I just renewed my Cingular contract, suprise. Had to get a new phone because old phone was not GPS compatible. The new laws since 911 requaire all new activated phones to be GPS compatible. So our good Uncle can track where we call from. Yes it is coming to the mark of the beast!
something to hide? you folks seem to be awfully worried about something.
You got the 911 part right. So when you call 911 they can find you.
...they can track you now to a general location via the nearest tower you transmitted through...
if you call, then they can locate where an emergancy call came from. They can not track you while driving with the phone in you're pocket.
Thanks for stating the obvious Mr.T! If you really want to get techinical you also have to have a court order to tap the phone records.
I don't know if the RFID's are similar to the GPS technology they're testing out to not only locate stolen vehicles, but to act as an electronic link to the roadways.
Cuurently there are many test studies going on utilizing systems similar to OnStar that will help alleviate traffic congestion. This is done by having a 10-15% amount of the vehicles on the road with these GPS units all linked to a central server that gives live updates to traffic congestion. Sort've electronically linking our roadways. If you've ever had to deal with traffic you know that by the time you hear of a problem on the radio it's far too late. I for one think this is a good idea. The only people that have to worry are the criminals and the folks that are oevrly paranoid to begin with. I'm sure "Big Brother" could care less if Joe Smoe is taking a trip to the grocery store - lol!