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Cell phones spying on you?

The FCC has mandated that cell phones have the ability to transmit their location so that 911 operators will know where the caller is. Marketers are already publicly salivating over such ideas as sending electronic coupons to someone with such a phone who crosses the threshold of a store. No one, apparently, has thought of making the phones transmit their location only when a call is actually made to 911. From junk mail to telemarketers, e-mail spam to internet spyware, marketers already harass innocent citizens mercilessly and invade their privacy by any means they can get their greedy little hands on.

This technology hasn't actually been developed yet, and so cell phone makers aren't yet locked into specific designs that would be costly to change. While these phones are still on the drawing board, I call on the cell phone manufacturers to add to them the ability to disable the locator except when actually making a call to 911 if the owner chooses to enable that option.

As for me, I'll be keeping my cell phone in a lead box.

Mike Healan
Collins, GA
This letter was written by me and published by the Savannah Morning News on June 21, 2001 under the title: "Don't give marketers ways to invade privacy"
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