Indeed, fear is the main tool which governments have to motivate, pacify and control their people.
And as the Herald points out, the new emergency chips might do more than just receive incoming messages:
Some critics worry about the government’s ability to identify cell phone users by location -- officials can limit alerts to customers in a specific radius.
“If you can send a message to people based on their location, you can identify or pinpoint them based on their location,” said Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. “We may need to look at this a little more carefully.”
“I always like hearing from my government,” said Cambridge civil liberties attorney Harvey Silverglate. “But I’m awfully curious what else this chip can do.”
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