Oh car driver, where art thou? (actually Big Brother knows)

Oh car driver, where art thou? (actually Big Brother knows)

Summary: In a commentary about the potential mandating of Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking devices in cars,  News.com's Declan McCullagh must have been gnashing his teeth when he wrote: Trust federal bureaucrats to take a good idea and transform it into a frightening proposal to track Americans wherever they drive....

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In a commentary about the potential mandating of Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking devices in cars,  News.com's Declan McCullagh must have been gnashing his teeth when he wrote:

Trust federal bureaucrats to take a good idea and transform it into a frightening proposal to track Americans wherever they drive....The U.S. Department of Transportation has been handing millions of dollars to state governments for GPS-tracking pilot projects designed to track vehicles wherever they go.....The problem, though, is that these "road user fee" systems are being designed and built in a way that strips drivers of their privacy and invites constant surveillance by police, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.....the general idea is that a small GPS device, which knows its location by receiving satellite signals, is placed inside the vehicle.

As I was reading McCullagh's commentary, I was thinking "Fine. Like with radar detectors, this will create a little cottage industry involving covers made out of lead that can be slipped onto the GPS devices."  Of course, much the same way the Digital Millennium Copyright Act has outlawed the circumvention of copy protection technologies (for example, Apple's FairPlay Digital Restrictions Management technology as it's applied to music and video), the Feds will probably come up with a law that prevents tampering or interfering with the functioning of the GPS tracking devices (the noose around freedom's neck tightens).  But, then, as I read deeper into McCullagh's column, I realized the Feds could have something far more sinister up their sleeves. Wrote McCullagh:

 

Even more shocking are additional ideas that bureaucrats are hatching. A report prepared by a Transportation Department-funded program in Washington state says the GPS bugs must be made "tamper proof" and the vehicle should be disabled if the bugs are disconnected.

The Feds might as well require that we all get strapped at birth the same wireless bracelets that many parolees are forced to wear.  When you're done dealing with your nausea, here's a personal case study that serves as a precedent to chew on.  It's proof of the fallibility of not just this sort of technology, but also the mind-boggling seemingly rights-stripping bureaucratic process that festers around it. 

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  • Remember, YOU Voted These Jerks Into Office

    IMHO, the whole legislature of the country needs to be replaced. We HAD that chance the last election - did it happen? Of course not - because the *vast* majority of citizens are nothing more than sheep - ask yourself why the entertainment industry creates it's television programming based on viewers with an average 8th grade education? Most people don't even know what GPS stands for, let alone what it can be used for. We technophiles are a very small minority in this country (just look at the volume of users AOL has ....) The EFF can't fight all our battles for us. Things will continue as they are going as long as big govt and big business are not stopped in their tracks. As the old addage goes, if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. The solution, such as it is, would be to get honest people that care about the public into office - but of course, that'll never happen.

    The politicians will sell the "mandatory tamper-proof" GSP system as something that will help lost or stranded motorists, help track down criminal, and help find abducted children. All very good intentions - but they'll never mention the "other" side of the coin. And the general public will never question a thing ... as usual.
    Dragon77
    • Dragon77

      For such a "technophile" you sure don't seem to recall a company called DIEBOLD!!!!!!

      Bush wasn't VOTED into office. He was 'placed' there:|
      btljooz
    • thats why

      I dont believe in political jokes: I've seen too many of them get elected. IE: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, etc.
      lobo1953
      • wow

        you just proved his point. Idiot.
        ickusslime@...
  • Get your lead shield now...

    Better hurry. Lead is being outlawed worldwide starting next year. Look for increased electronics costs with lower reliability to follow.
    Steven J. Ackerman
  • Oh sweet mother of....

    What the hell are we doing voting the morons into office for??? And why aren't we recalling and prosecuting them??? I wonder if Canada needs another citizen? (sees red laser dot on chest) hmmm... guess it's too late for that then isn't it?
    Zorched
  • Oh sweet mother of....

    What the hell are we doing voting the morons into office for??? And why aren't we recalling and prosecuting them??? I wonder if Canada needs another citizen? (sees red laser dot on chest) hmmm... guess it's too late for that then isn't it?
    Zorched
  • OUTRAGOUS! What's next? Implantation with chips at birth like dogs?

    Americans are stupidly giving away their freedoms piece by piece by electing and re-electing the goons we call public officials. Most people are more concerned with what's happening on Survivor or Lost than they are about what's really happening in this country. If you don't believe it, listen to what people in your workplace talk about on their breaks...

    The reason the really smart people don't go into government service is because there's no MONEY in it... there's POWER, but little money when compared with what you can make in the private sector. Only when government service offers comparable LEGAL monetary compensation to the private sector will anyone with a functioning brain stem choose that path. Personally, I don't trust anyone in the government any more than I trust people in prison - it's time to VOTE THEM ALL OUT, people!
    AnotherVoice
  • It gets real scary

    when you get a copy of "Logan's Run" and watch it. Oh My God: My palm flower is flashing black.
    lobo1953
  • Oh Give Me A Home...

    Sorry, my inner cowboy was shooting at the walls again.
    Politics is the art of the possible; when, as one reply said, the population is more concerned with who won Survivor than it is with being that person, then society is doomed. The basic intellectual level of U.S. citizens is being consistently downgraded by the entertainment media and the politicians who actually WANT stupid Americans. The screaming liberals want Big Mommy to babysit all of them; the screaming conservatives want Big Brother to take over and drive. The Middle-roaders just want to be left alone to make twice as much as the next guy, take their vacation at Mickey's place, East or West, and retire at 65 so they get 10-15 years of spoiling the grandkids!
    Those of us who want the future are stuck with the idiots.
    We MUST take back our government; the only way to do so is at the polls, because they have all the big guns, and blood gets so smelly after a while anyway. Besides, civil insurrection, not to mention armed rebellion, tends to replace one set of tyrants with another set - frequently WORSE than the ones we just got rid of.
    America; WAKE UP!
    jkratzer3