Imagine this: you’ve had a pretty brutal break-up, and the last thing you want is to run into your ex on the street or at a party of a mutual friend. Now you can look them up using your mobile phone and a little help from GPS technology, to make sure they’re not around. US-based company Loopt offers just such a service, using GPS to help users find their friends’ mobile phones, allowing them to zoom into a map to find out where their friends are. Cool idea, huh?
But maybe not. What if, while you’re trying to avoid your ex and a potentially nasty scene, your ex is using the same service to hunt you down to beg forgiveness in the most embarrassing way, or worse, become violent! What about your parents finding out you’re not actually sleeping over at a friend’s place, but at some party on the other side of town? What about stalkers?
I’m a big fan of personal privacy, and knowing that “Big Brother” (not the crappy reality tv show) can tap into my calls and read my emails (though why would they want to?) gives me chills. Handing over this kind of technology to the world takes it to a whole new level.
What do you think?