Now this may seem a bit Orwellian for some, but Mobile Marketing Magazine reports that from 13 August, parents who want to know where their kids are will be able to find out, so long as they have a mobile phone on the right network.
It’s all down to Phonesitter, a new service that tracks the movements of individuals via their handset. Phonesitter establishes locations using the transmitter/receiver networks of Orange, T-Mobile, O2 and Vodafone. Although established in other parts of the world, phone tracking has only recently been permitted in the UK after a change in legislation.
The service costs from £5 per month, for which you can track up to five phones, and though it sounds intrusive, the company behind the service points out that it’s not possible to track any phone without the prior knowledge and authorisation of the phone holder, and that once authorised, all registered phone holders are informed that they may be tracked, and may withdraw from the service at any time, by sending a text message to Phonesitter.
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