Guess who does not like to be stalked? Everybody. Duh. Another word for stalking is tracking. Most of us don’t like to be tracked, either, yet we allow Google and Facebook and Amazon to track us all the time we’re online.
The latest news to hit me where it hurts came from this headline:
FTC Finally Decides Stalking Apps May Not Be All That Great
Oh, no. The government has taken sides and came down on stalker apps in the name of privacy. How did that happen? Does President Trump know that? Just between you and me and the guy hiding behind the nearby fencepost, I’m in favor of stalking apps. Why?
Well, why not? As with any issue, there are multiple perspectives. Catie Keck has one:
The Federal Trade Commission has taken its first action against the developers of three “stalking” apps that it alleges could monitor users without their consent and created security vulnerabilities for victims’ devices.
So, if an app tracks you and you don’t know it, that’s bad? If it tracks you and you do know it, that’s OK?
This particular FTC angle is convoluted, complicated, and anything but typical, but it helps to segregate the differences between stalking for gain, vs. tracking for benefit.
My husband and I have four or five young school-age girls. I’m a little fuzzy on the total number. Meds will do that. They all have iPads. The two older ones have hand-me-down iPhones. I set them up so I can track where they are at any time.
Is that wrong? Is that stalking? Is it tracking? Or, is it just good old fashioned parenting?
Stalking is unwanted and/or repeated surveillance by an individual or group toward another person. Stalking behaviors are interrelated to harassment and intimidation and may include following the victim in person or monitoring them.
I’m rather certain that as the girls enter into their teenage years they will not want to be stalked or tracked. Tough cookies. I would much rather track my kids’ whereabouts than do it the old fashioned way.
Tracker – a person who is able to find animals or people by following the marks they leave on the ground as they move over it
Hey, we track our time, track our work, track our sleep habits, track the stock market, track politicians, and follow the Kardasians, so what’s the harm in tracking our kids?
Stalking has a negative connotation. Let’s get over it and just use the word tracker. That’s negative, too, though, so let’s just call it remote care.