Thursday, February 5, 2009

Fears that new Google software will spy on workers

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Google has been accused of putting a spy in everyone's pocket by launching software which maps the location of mobile phone users anywhere in the world.

The internet giant is marketing its Latitude download, which is released today, as a way for friends to keep in touch or for anxious parents to keep tabs on their children.

But critics fear it will evolve into a spying tool for employers who want to track their staff or suspicious partners who want to check up on their other halves.

Simon Davies, director of human rights group Privacy International, said: 'Many people will see this as a cool technology but the reality is it will be a privacy minefield.'

Latitude will be available in 27 countries and will work on most mobile phones and Blackberries, although not iPhones.

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