This is a product looking for a problem. It’s not needed and parents need to stop thinking the world is out to get their precious little child at every moment of the day.
TraqCloud (TM) is your very own personal GPS Tracking System. We can track anything – anywhere via our custom HTML5 interface that renders on all types of devices, like Mobile, Tablets & PC’s. Our goal is simple and that’s to provide a quality product, at a cost effective price that gives you that much needed peace of mind.
Why the hell are you letting a 3-year old go walk a hound dog alone?
If you really want to track your pets, use Tagg Pet Tracker. It’s similar in price and you won’t have to worry about a kickstarter failing.
From Ars Technica:
The real kicker here is the price: TraqCloud charges just $69 for the device plus $10 per month in service fees, which covers both the GSM data connection and the company’s cloud service. (Similar cheap devices are largely made by no-name manufacturers in Asia, selling on eBay.) For some time now, commercial products have made it easy for anyone to track anyone else for any reason, but those cost around $150 upfront, with a $20 to $50 monthly service fee after that. (Intrepid tinkerers have developed cheaper, DIY-basd solutions, particularly to track your own car.)
“Over time, technology gets smaller, cheaper, and more available to consumers, and there’s no reason to think GPS is an exception to that rule,” he wrote in an e-mail. “That said, it is awfully easy to imagine many scary examples of how a $19 consumer-grade GPS unit could be misused.
“Moreover, because you are tracking your own device’s signal, even if it is in somebody else’s bag or car, current surveillance law is likely to be irrelevant, something else that is remarkably familiar,” he added. “Ironically, the keys to whether this succeeds or fails will probably be ease of use, battery life, and reliability—certainly not privacy. I could teach a whole privacy course based on this one device.”
Without regulation and registration, this device is going to be abused by stalkers, thieves and anyone else who wants to commit crimes. If the government can’t hide a GPS device on someone’s car without a warrant, I’m sure this device isn’t going to be able to track and stalk people either.
For children, this device is not very secure, even if they know about it. I’m sure no one will ever think to abuse this system. No one will ever switch it with a friend, leave it in their locker while they skip school or hide it under the seat of a car.
Further, Ruthann Robson, a law professor at the City University of New York, told Ars that users of this product may find civil lawsuits knocking at their door.
“While criminal contexts may first come to mind, there are personal injury cases, workers’ compensation, employment, and many family law cases, including divorce, custody, and abuse and neglect,” she said. “The video jokingly refers to tracking one’s ‘significant other,’ but perhaps that’s not a joke, especially when it comes to intimate partner violence. We’ve been worried about government surveillance, but in a surveilled society, we might be able to do the government’s work by watching each other”
Stalking is a serious crime and can lead to the death of the victim. It isn’t anything to joke about.
Once you begin tracking your children at age 3, you’ll justify tracking them their entire lives, including hacking into their emails, phones and anything else that someone may want to keep private. One should feel sorry for you child if this is how you intend to “raise” your children.
A commenter on Ars Technica said that he fully intends on doing such a thing with his daugther.
And at 12 years old she will not have a private email – no more than my parents gave me a private phone line. She will have an email that my wife and I will have the password to, and she will know that we will be checking on it periodically. As she proves herself trustworthy using it, we will monitor less, until we agree she is ready for a private email. Same with something like this. As she gets to the point she wants to be out doing things without us, we will ask that she keep this (or something like it) with her so we know where she is. If she follows through with that, and we find we can trust her to be where she says she will be then we will be able to stop using it.
Your 12-year old will also never use that email account other than to email her parents and grandparents. She will have other email accounts that you will not have access to and you will never know about. She will do this because you never trusted her or taught her the responsibility of an email account.
By using a device to track her every movement, she will find ways around it. It’s not that difficult to say you are going to Friend A’s house and leave this device at Friend A’s house while going somewhere else.
I have no problem extending trust to my children, as they earn it. But I do not blindly assume they will have the proper tools in their mental toolbox to handle new situations unless I help them develop those tools. To my mind handing a 10-12 year old a private email address with no training period is the same as giving them the keys to the car without spending time sitting in the passenger seat training them. Same for a cell phone, or laptop.
No parent should blindly assume their child knows or understands anything. It’s your job as a parent to teach them these things. It is not your job to be a helicopter parent, stalking their every move in life. If you wish for them to rebel or runaway, by all means, start tracking them and never trust them.
This parent is correct that their child needs to learn how to use technology. Teach them. Don’t stalk them and tell them it’s for their own good.
Children are necessarily naive, they will see all the benefits of having without understanding the risks and responsibilities that go with it. It is my job as a parent to impart to them an understanding of those risks in a safe way so that they are not a danger to themselves and others.
Yes, I’ve said this; teach them, don’t stalk them. A 10 year old is perfectly capable of understanding technology, what it does and how it works. By demeaning your child and telling them, “Oh this stuff is for adults and we have to spy on you to make sure you’re alright,” is only going to anger the child and they will do things behind your back without any understanding.
You will never know where your children are all the time. It is an impossible task. Teach your children responsibility from day one and you will not have to worry about where they are or who they are with.
This device needs regulation. Tracking people is not a good idea and never will be.