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Mobile phone tracking, girlfriend stalking and the law
Posted by: Refurbvirgin
Date: February 03, 2006 08:28AM
Want to know where someone you love is at all times? Just get them to agree to having their cell phone tracked. Or loan them yours and don't tell them you're tracking it.
[www.theregister.co.uk]



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Re: Mobile phone tracking, girlfriend stalking and the law
Posted by: mikebw
Date: February 03, 2006 09:51AM
so are you a stalker, or a stalkee?
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Re: Mobile phone tracking, girlfriend stalking and the law
Posted by: Michael
Date: February 03, 2006 01:53PM
The service is obstensibly for parents, employers, etc. As long as the person knows they're being tracked, I'm ok with it. As a parent, I'd like to be able to know where my dependent kid is. I'd also like her (and her boyfriend!) to know that I know. But, the boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife stalking thing is spooky.

I think that the key to this whole thing is that they send out periodic, random messages to the phone reminding them they are being tracked. The question is what is periodic. I think I'd be comfortable if they were daily; I know I wouldn't if they were monthly. I'd be more happy if it required an ok response each time the message was sent. I think it would be hard to track someone without their knowledge with those restrictions. It needs to be intrusive.

From the article: "Subsequent to activation, the [location service provider] must send periodic SMS alerts to all locatees to remind them that their mobile phone can be located by other parties. These alerts should be sent at random intervals, not in a set pattern. The suggested text and minimum standard frequency for sending the alerts is set out in Annex D."

Then they don't make Annex D available to the public to know what the frequency will be.

I'd pass without more specific information.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/03/2006 01:58PM by Michael.
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Re: Mobile phone tracking, girlfriend stalking and the law
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: February 03, 2006 08:06PM
...must send periodic SMS alerts to all locatees to remind them that their mobile phone can be located by other parties.


The phrasing of that quote makes me want to know exactly what that message says. The reference in the quote sounds almost benign- akin to "your computer could be hacked".

I'd also like to know how this is done. A private company is offering the ability to track a cellphone. They say that they must have the owner's permission.

This sounds like something that's not all that hard for an individual to do, *without* notifying the stalkee.

There was an incident not too long ago were a guy was sentenced to three years in jail for tracking his girlfriend by stashing a cellphone under her car. He was caught when he was trying to change the 'phone's battery.

How was he tracking her?

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Re: Mobile phone tracking, girlfriend stalking and the law
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: February 03, 2006 08:17PM
I know that in Atlanta, Sprint tells you to conserve battery power by turning off the tracking, since it hasn't been put into effect here yet.

I think it far better to just get an additional phone and plant it under the hood of the boyfriend, with a 12v connect.

But that's just me.


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Re: Mobile phone tracking, girlfriend stalking and the law
Posted by: Refurbvirgin
Date: February 03, 2006 09:39PM
As I recall, all the time the phone is turned on it is sending a signal so that when someone dials you the signal is sent to the closest tower, so the only way to avoid being tracked is to turn the phone off when you're not using it. Law enforcement uses this to track drug dealers, and they've learned to turn their phones off.
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