Now, did you catch what Whitty said? At one point he was talking about the test that Oregon did of using the system and said, “There was no issue with tracking, because we didn’t–we didn’t do that.” Notice, he never said that “We couldn’t do that.” He said, “We didn’t do that.”
The whole point of GPS, Global POSITIONING System is to track where you’re at. Now, I’m sure that the government in Oregon may only be paying attention to the distance that people travel; however, that doesn’t mean that they couldn’t just one day decide, instead of just counting the miles, let’s start paying attention to where these people are going. Originally, it may be to catch criminals, or determine traffic patterns, but that’s a violation of privacy. And it leads down a slippery slope.
Additionally, Senator Brown is right, taxes in Massachusetts could be lowered if the government would just better manage its money.
But my main problem with the system is the fact that it is, for lack of a better word, Orwellian. Even my liberal roommate agrees with me here! It’s an invasion of privacy.
If you’re going to do anything, put a device that measures odometer changes. But using GPS, Global POSITIONING System, to track people’s “distance” is in invasion of privacy.
Let me know what you think:
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