How your mobile could be spying on you

Tuesday, 20 January 2004, 4:37 AM EST

It's the kind of thing that only happens in films... The hero, desperately searching for a terrorist or kidnap victim, taps their name into a computer.

A map comes up on the screen, pinpointing the precise location of their target. The good guys move in, the hunt is over.

Great for movie spooks, but only a scriptwriter's dream? In fact, the technology has arrived that allows anyone to track someone down without them having a clue they are under surveillance.

It has crept in almost unnoticed - and at the centre of this new Big Brother technology-for-all is nothing more sophisticated than our own mobile phones.

A clutch of brand new and perfectly legal internet-based services have just been launched that cost as little as 30p to use, and take less than five seconds to zero in to within 50 metres of where a person is.

By Jonathan Margolis at the Mirror.

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