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Pros and Cons of Mobile GPS Tracking

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Pros and Cons of Mobile GPS Tracking

Innovation in mobile phone tracking technology allows business owners and parents to track the whereabouts of their employees and family members, at any time of the day. However, this tech presents a double-edged sword that features benefits and drawbacks. Let’s analyze the pros and cons of implementing tracking technology in your life, and that of your employees and family.

Find a Lost Device

The most significant advantage of mobile tracking technology is the fact that you can find a lost, stolen, or misplaced device. All you need to do to find out the location of the phone or tablets is log onto an app like GPS–Handy Orten and execute a search command. The app pinpoints your device with outstanding accuracy providing you with the location history


Keep an Eye on Family Members

Concerned parents can use a third-party tracking app to keep an eye on their children. If your child exhibits irrational behavior and you’re worried about what they’re getting up to a tracking app can provide you with peace of mind.

The app tracks their movements and gives you a complete history of where they’ve been during the day. There’s no more getting away with skipping school or telling you they’re going to the movies when they’re going somewhere else. A tracking app works as long as their phone is online, and if there’s a gap in their location history, you’ll know somethings not right.


Monitor Driver Behavior

Third party apps let you monitor driver behavior. This feature serves business owners and parents. If you think your driver is wasting business resources and running errands on your time, a third-party tracking app lets you know their movements.
The app alerts you of any driver misconduct, such as talking on the phone or texting while driving. You’ll receive alerts of and hard braking or speeding as well. This system works well for monitoring the behavior of delivery drivers, and learner drivers.


Protect Company Data and Assets

A third party tracking app can take things to the next level for protection of your business data and assets. Can you imagine if your employee's phone goes missing? They may have sensitive business documents or data on their phone that your competitors are dying to get their hands on at any cost. A tracking app prevents this data from falling into the wrong hands. If you can’t recover the phone, you have the option to wipe it clean.

Certain tracking apps allow you to monitor communications behavior, as well as location data. Track your employees or family member’s texts, search history, and call logs without them being any the wiser. If your child is lying to you about their whereabouts or what they did during the day, you can check up on their communications and discover if they're telling the truth.


Invasion of Privacy – The Ethical Debate

This level of tracking causes a moral crisis with some people. Your children and employees may not like the fact that you’re monitoring their every move. It may seem kind of creepy.
However, In the case of your business, you have the right to know what our employees are doing with your time and money. If they feel you are invading their privacy, then they must have something to hide.
The ethical problem is a bit more challenging when it comes to covertly monitoring your children’s or spouse’s behavior. You could consider it the same as reading their private diary. The decision to use covert tracking software is up to the individual and its line that you’ll have to cross by yourself.

Loss of Trust

If you’re discovered using covert tracking software on your employees or children without their knowledge, it may cause a crisis of trust between you.
People don’t like to know that someone is spying on them, even when he or she is doing nothing wrong. The choice is up to you, take it or leave it, face the consequences if you get caught.

Wrapping Up – The Pro’s Outweigh the Cons
Overall we can say that the pros of implementing tracking software in your business or at home outweigh the cons. In the case of data loss, or one of your children going missing, a tracking app is invaluable to the recovery of the device or learning your child’s whereabouts.

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