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Overheard conversation between prisoner and parole board in the not too distant future:

“Okay folks, here is what I have on tap to walk the straight and narrow for when I get out. First, I’ll set myself up on Twitter and Jaiku so I can tell you all about what I am up to. Then, I’ll put all my co-ordinates in Facebook and create a group of all my questionable “associates” so you can see the company I am keeping. Then, I’ll set myself up with a Frapper map and get hooked into Plazes for mobile tracking via GPS.”

Ankle-Bracelets?!?! We don’t need no stinking Ankle-Bracelets.
In an age of where privacy has taken a front-seat and rules our lives with the omnipresent fear factor of having our identities stolen or our personal details exposed to the world, I am constantly amazed at the new ways in which we are allowing ourselves to be tracked at all times and at every angle. Is it a master plan of government agencies to turn us into our own virtual parole officers?
My take on things may be a tad extreme, and I am not saying there is a direct link to identity theft or other crimes of that nature through any of these applications. However there are an increasing number of services and tools that are enabling an open view of our lives, eroding the very walls that were constructed to safeguard our privacy in the first place.
I, for one, am not at all interested in others knowing exactly what I am doing at any point in time (really, it is not usually that interesting) nor do I want people knowing where I am or where I have been. I’m just not ready for that level of constant disclosure.
It will be quite interesting to follow the developments in this area and see what comes of the ability to track our every move and whether digital and wireless technology will be a true friend or foe in this context. In the meantime, I’ll be looking at which system works the best so I can employ it when my daughter starts dating in 10 years.