Tag: tracking

China’s Voice Recognition Program for Chinese Surveillance

The Chinese government is using voice recognition in order to fingerprint criminals for tracking and prosecution. This should not be surprising. As usual a supposed “private company” with government ties is involved.

IFlyTek is portrayed in the Chinese media both as a technology innovator and as an ally of the government. Last year iFlyTek helped prevent the loss of about $75 million in telecommunications fraud by helping the police target scammers, according to The Global Times, a nationalist tabloid controlled by the Communist Party. Its article quotes a Chinese security official as saying collecting voice patterns is like taking fingerprints or recording people with closed-circuit television cameras, meaning the practice does not violate their privacy.

Government Tracking of Private Citizens using Cell Phones

Call me suspicious, but it is simply too convenient for governments and large corporations to track private citizens. I feel that our rights and privacy are being violated, yet there is not much of a outrage amongst the public. It is very easy because so many of us love to carry around our very own tracking devices: personal cellular phones.

I am sure that we did not intend to give up our privacy, but that is the end result. Leave your cell phone on and your phone provider knows exactly where you are located. Leave your wifi on and roam between free networks. Turn on your wifi to receive the internet and some ISP will track you. it is that convenient.

Is Unauthorized Smart Phone Tracking Immoral?

Telecommuncations have come a long way in a short period of time. Smart phones are near ubiquitous in society, and as common as a wallet or purse in public. How people have become addicted to carrying and using smart phones, I do not know, but in our quest for permanent and persistent connectivity, we inadvertently agree to give up some of our privacy. Scary it is, but the writing is on the wall and near inevitable unless governments step in to prevent this. Given that people are freely looking for phone connectivity, I do not believe that such tracking by stores or any other agencies is immoral. Shocking, yes, but not immoral. Each person has the ability and means to turn off their phone when walking around. If they do not then this is their personal choice.