Revealing the real location of a person through his or her mobile number has become easier. It is the smartphones which tell the location but thanks to an online service called Life360.com. This is powered by the technology of a firm, LOC aid through which parents may locate their children or any elderly via phone number. There is no denying that services of network location can save many lives, protect the children and help business services. By typing a mobile number in US, the exact location can be figured out.
Agreements with the wireless carriers such as Sprint and T-Mobile help Loc-Aid to determine positions by use of GPS signal and cellular towers. Results are quite precise with urban areas which have more towers compared to rural areas. Loc aid also adds proper security and privacy measures to ensure the safety of site. User needs to type in his or her own birthday which is done to keep minors away. The person on this search must consent to this location hunt by replaying via text message. After phone validation, Locaid does not need the user to get involved with any privacy of the targeted person. Thus, marketers and banks can search someone’s location who log-ins to this service irrespective of time.
A spokesperson from Loc Aid services revealed that app developers may utilize network location for various activities. It includes validation of legal credit card buys, fraud detection and tracking assets such as dumpsters, street cleaners and laptops. According to a cybersecurity expert, location tracking applications are very common.
Cybersecurity expert Swatton believes that location tracking tools come into use for legally allowed purposes. He warns that Loc-Aid powered apps run the vulnerability of coming into criminal use. This can be done provided a hacker figures out ways to breach security rules. For instance, any hacker may arrange a server which captures location information after disabling Loc-Aid.
According to an analyst from Enderle Group, new location searching services may be also abused. Still they shouldn’t be outlawed and people should exercise caution while using the tools and disable some features which aren’t needed. Locaid also adds many safeguards to ensure the tools are all tamper resistant. Here, the services are switched off post 15 minutes of finding someone to prevent tracking throughout the day.
AT & T spokesperson Benton is of the view that location searching services cannot be used from GPS or cellular tower navigation without the approval of smartphone user. Hodge from Loc-Aid services pointed out that these services aren’t much different from Twitter that enables users to share location on every tweet. He expressed that Loc-aid is favoring individualistic privacy protections.
An app known as Banjo helps in finding friends as per GPS coordinates and same service is provided by Google Latitude. Both of these come under opt-in services to share the location after a prior nod. Technology doesn’t distinguish and a firm making new technology isn’t liable on ways it’s used. This technology is seemingly advancing and it’s the same with the definition of privacy.
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