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HOME arrow - Outdoor recreation arrow Digital Angel - Invasion of Privacy takes a hike
Digital Angel - Invasion of Privacy takes a hike
Written by Scott Silver   
Monday, 09 October 2000

Invasion of person privacy will move to a new plane later this month when a limited number of invited guests and media contacts will be treated to live demonstration of all-new "Digital Angel".

The "Digital Angel" is a tiny (about the size of a grain of rice) tracking device that works in conjunction with Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to allow continuous monitoring and remote tracking. It may be incorporated into identification tags/permits, inconspicuously hidden, or even implanted within the human body.

According to the manufacturer, the Digital Angel "can be used for a variety of purposes, such as providing a tamper-proof means of identification for enhanced e-business security, locating lost or missing individuals, tracking the location of valuable property and monitoring the medical conditions of at-risk patients."

One seriously proposed applications for the Digital Angel is to incorporate the device within USFS Hiking Permits. Used in conjunction with an Automatic Payment System, the Digital Angel could provide a precise method for accurately charging Wilderness Customers for the enjoyment they received. Similar versions would presumably be developed for rock climbers, ATVers, equestrians, mountain bikers and other recreational users of public lands if the Hiking Digital Angel proved to be a commercial success.

Fortunately, the Digital Angel has not gone un-noticed and is itself being tracked by a diverse array of interests. A few meritorious web links follow:
http://www.networkusa.org/fingerprint/page5a/fp-digital-angel.html
http://worthynews.com/news-features/digital-angel.html
http://www.adsx.com/ADSX/CDA/News/news_index/0,1136,430,00.html


Scott

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