Thursday, 17th June 2021

This Month's Magazine

Tracking down your child

The careless motorist, the paedophile and the drug pusher are the spectres which haunt modern day parents.

In North America, technology has successfully been harnessed to enable anxious parents to follow the moves of their offspring, using satellite positioning systems which children can carry within watches or backpacks. "Peace of mind" is the marketing cry of the manufacturers.


Now Finland, the home of the mobile phone, is considering legislation that would allow parents to track the moves of their children on an internet page at home, using a system which locates their child's phone.

If the bill is passed, Finland would become one of the first European countries to allow individuals to track others without their consent and could serve as an EU benchmark.

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