Cell phone GPS tracking isn’t illegal. You can see where everyone is by knowing their number here http://t.co/LUj8hYU7c9
This is a quick and important read for anyone that doesn’t have smartphone tracking set up on the mobile.
Huge numbers of mobiles are lost or stolen every day, but the siple addition of an app can mean that you can locate it. Interestingly it doesn’t include the app I use, which is Find my iPhone. It not only allows me to locate it, but can wipe all data from it and make it unusable as well as set off a loud noise.
The other valuable thing is, as it says in this quick and easy to read story, is being able to find someone you are close to, who is missing, hasn’t turned up where you expected them. If you have an agreement with them and they aren’t answering your calls or messages, having access to their phone locator app can help you locate them.
Of course they have to agree to let you use it. I have blogged a lot about apps to help locate people with disabilities or illnesses such as diabetes or other conditions that could potentially cause them to become disoriented or even fall asleep or into a coma. If they are fundamentally sound of mind (e.g. this would not be suitable for someone with advanced dementia because they probably wouldn’t have a mobile) this would be a great solution because pretty much everyone has a mobile and statistics say that for most people it is within grabbing distance 24/7.
Want to know your kids are safe and where they are supposed to be and you have allowed them to have a smartphone? Make it a condition that it has a locator app on it and that you have access to the application, password etc to locate it. How many kids go missing every day who have a smartphone?
What about natural disasters like earthquakes, tropical cyclones, floods and other incidents that separate people. An app like Find My iPhone could solve the classic problem that thousands of people had in Christchurch in the last major earthquake. Where is my family. I wonder how many people thought of using that?
As a bonus, many of these apps are free, you just have to set them up. Why not do that today?