Digital Angel Essay

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Digital Angel What is Digital Angel? Digital Angel is a location and condition system that can alert you of the exact location or people, pets, or objects in real time. When you purchase the system, it comes with a clip-on system monitor and a ThermAlert watch. It will alert you when if the person wearing is in trouble, and since the monitor is accompanied with a Global Positioning System (GPS), you can pinpoint the person's location to 75 feet. You can also check the status of the person at any time of the day through a hotline, or visiting the website. A weekly report is also given showing dates and times, alerts, locations and ambient temperatures. Clip-On System Monitor and ThermAlert Watch…show more content…
Digital Angel is currently working on other sensors that will be able to read EKG and EEG, other blood chemistry (such as glucose monitoring), ambient temperature, blood pressure, sound, vibration, and parts proximity pressure. Ethical Issues One of the main issues brought up in putting this sort of product out to the public is the privacy issue. There is somebody who knows where the user is, every second of every day. With this, great deal of privacy and security is at risk. This kind of knowledge is very tempting for those who may not have the best intentions. Management may misuse or sell the information that the product provides. People have almost no protection from businesses that want to use your personal records for profit, so who is to stop them from doing it? The GPA can be used to develop precisely targeted information concerning thier personal habits. Hackers also may be able to access information for their own personal gain. Another issue brought up is the reliance on databases. A slight error in the information can have a major effect on somebody's life. It is extremely difficult to detect inaccurate information in databases. There have been many cases of database errors ruining people's lives. Is it right to record somebody's personal information when there is room for human error? Different perspectives give
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