Wow. When I started posting a few things on the surveillance of children, I had no idea that there was such a worldwide drive to do this.
Finland has proposed a new law that would let parents track the movements of their young children via mobile phone, even without their consent, in a move that could set an EU benchmark in privacy and handset use.
The proposal is part of new law on privacy in electronic communications and could still be changed in parliament hearings, although the Nordic country's coalition government accepted it unanimously this week.
And it's not just Finland (which up until now, I have always seen portrayed in the media as a sort of Celltopia for young un-wireds)
"Roughly similar legislation will be a reality in the European Union area in the near future," said Juhapekka Ristola, an official at the transport and communications ministry.
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According to the draft, individuals aged 15 or older could only be tracked after giving their consent, but for children under 15 such consent could also be given by their parents or guardians.
In emergency situations people can still be tracked without their consent regardless of their age.
Finland's top mobile operators offer positioning services already.
So why kids? Because we can justify the intrusion based on our concern for their safety? Because they don't have a full set of rights? (Is that also true in the EU? Don't know...)
So . . . even if we'd never tolerate this treatment of adults (i.e., us) the next generation of adults and policy-makers will be thoroughly conditioned to think that it's normal.
Man, my copy of The Transparent Society is going to be worn out by the end of the year....