I have a friend who uses the cell phone tracker on his wife’s phone to keep up with her location. She doesn’t seem to mind — it means fewer calls while she’s driving to her destination, or held up in traffic, or waiting in line to stock up on supplies for the zombie apocalypse. Personally, I would rather have a phone call. But that’s probably because I have a conspiratorial mind, and just finished writing a technothriller about a near-future world where people with brain implants try to track (and hack) each other. Writing a book like that made me a little crazy, I think. A little suspicious.
So I deactivated “location services” on my phone. At first it was kind of a drag, especially when I almost got lost and couldn’t immediately pull up my current location on the map. I had to figure it out the old-fashioned way, meaning that I actually read the street signs. Then I found my location on the map app without that handy blue dot. I know. It’s like I live in the Dark Ages. (Of course, there was that one other time, when my husband had to come find me. But we won’t discuss that…)
What about you? How do you feel about our widespread trend toward absolutely NO privacy? (And don’t hesitate to let me know if you think I’ve overstated the issue.)