March 28, 2008
S Korean police seek to equip GPS system to cell phone users
South Korean police are pushing a controversial plan to have all new mobile phones equipped with a chip that can locate the user through satellite-based positioning technology, reports China View.
"The new proposal is submitted in a bid to combat the increasing incidence of kidnapping and other crimes against women and children, the police said.
The measure will risk infringing on the privacy of mobile users and raise the prices of cell phones, the Chosun Ilbo reported on Thursday.
In addition, the system does not work well indoors, where satellite signals are blocked."
Related: - Wireless carriers in the US are rolling out services for people-tracking, made possible by GPS. (WSJ)
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