Jan 292012
 
 January 29, 2012  Surveillance

Erik Eckholm writes:

Only yesterday it was the exotic stuff of spy shows: flip on a computer and track the enemy’s speeding car.

But today, anyone with $300 can compete with Jack Bauer. Online, and soon in big-box stores, you can buy a device no bigger than a cigarette pack, attach it to a car without the driver’s knowledge and watch the vehicle’s travels — and stops — at home on your laptop.

Tens of thousands of Americans are already doing just that, with little oversight, for purposes as seemingly benign as tracking an elderly parent with dementia or a risky teenage driver, or as legally and ethically charged as spying on a spouse or an employee — or for outright criminal stalking.

Read more on the New York Times.

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