Google Latitude – There goes our privacy in shatters!

First you could email and get your messages across to your mates. Then came online messengers – instruments to disturb your peace resulting in unnecessary, useless chatter. Yahoo invented the “invisible mode”. Never been visible since. Google Talk, however, maintained my peers’ right to know when I’m online. I somehow managed with that. All my searches, chats were being logged every second. And just because all that wasn’t enough, now Google has come up with Google Latitude.

Google Latitude - Privacy killer
Google Latitude - Privacy killer

Google Latitude – Track your friends on a geo-satellite map. For God’s sake! Why would I need that? Why would I ever want my girlfriend to know that I’m not actually in a meeting, but out there somewhere meeting mates? (or doing whatever!!) Why would you want the world to be able to find out exactly where you are and when!!?? I fail to understand. Court room – “Your honour – this man wasn’t  present on the scene of crime.” Judge: “Check his Google Latitude records.” Indeed he was – hang him!

I had thought of a concept in 2005 – People with geo-tracked mobile phones where you’d add friends and if a friend was within a 100 meters you’d start hearing a beep.. and the beep’s frequency would increase with respect to your closeness to your friend’s mobile phone. People literally stopped talking to me for having the gall to even think of an idea like that. And today, voila! Google has almost done it.

Next will be geo trackable tablets inserted into your body to track your movement for your lifetime. Very useful for the Police! Thank you science!!!! Whatever!

By cafearjun

I'm Arjun, live in London, UK, and ever since I've left India, I miss it even more. I'm an entrepreneur, a creator, and strive for new ideas. Have been lucky to put a few in place and make them work. This is a blog about everything I love and think about!

One reply on “Google Latitude – There goes our privacy in shatters!”

So here’s the thing…

a) You have to make a conscious decision download and install latitude to your phone… but then…

b) You have turn sharing your location on.. but then….

c) You get a choice as to how accurate your position is (and if you don’t have a built-in GPS the cell tower triangulation will ‘fuzzy’ it up by a few hundred metres or more) but then….

d) You decide who gets to know where you are, but then…..

e) You can turn it off at any time, make your location fuzzy or just plain tell lies at any time ( I travelled from the UK to Germany and back in 90 minutes last week..zzzzzz)

Sorry but this invasion of privacy stuff is utter tripe, Latitude is an ‘opt-in’ system, nobody forces you to use it. How marvellous to know where you kids are in the evenings, or that your partner is on the freeway so you can fire up the oven, or you are a small despatch business who needs to make best use of it’s drivers in terms or fuel efficiency and man-hours and so on.

I actually work for one of google’s competitors yet I reckon latitude is the ‘dogs nutz’ as we brits say.

Ironically, in the courtroom example you quote google latitude would remove someone from society who have otherwise walked away Scot free. Thankyou Science, you just put a murderer behind bars!

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