Tuesday 28 February 2017

Ireland sacrifices privacy at the altar of foreign investment

Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

The Hailo taxi service is one of the popular apps which has developed sophisticated tracking technologies
The Hailo taxi service is one of the popular apps which has developed sophisticated tracking technologies
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Reuters

Unlike most of my friends, I don't use Uber or Hailo, the popular taxi apps that have been cleverly marketed in such a way that they appeal (amongst other things) to the inner murder victim that lurks in the psyche of many women.

Don't get me wrong, I'm deadly serious about my personal safety: I don't walk anywhere alone after dark, figuring that the cost of a taxi is a small price to pay for my security or, God forbid, my life.

I also appreciate the advantages for criminal investigators of the type of sophisticated tracking technologies deployed by 'Hailo' and other companies, should one have the misfortune to become a victim of crime - or worse.

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