- Peter Kinder resigns federal agency post, concludes position unnecessary and waste of tax dollars (6/16/18)2
- Stormy Daniels to visit East Cape Girardeau (6/13/18)20
- Longtime downtown Cape bartender Marcellus Jones remembered by friends (6/12/18)2
- Committee to start planning process for indoor aquatic center in Cape (6/20/18)1
- A community rallies behind Honorable Young Men's Club (6/16/18)1
- Southeast to spend $150,000 to refresh brand with Ohio firm (6/19/18)6
- New urban dance studio opens on Broadway (6/15/18)2
- Jackson natives compete in 260-mile canoe race (6/16/18)1
- Couple charged in beating death at Brick's (6/13/18)
- Mother, child reportedly hit by car in Cape Girardeau (6/18/18)
Cell-phone monitoring is ominous
To the editor:
On Oct. 17 the Southeast Missourian published an editorial, "Monitoring cell phones." In it we learn that the Missouri Department of Transportation plans to "have private companies monitor motorists' cell phones as a means of tracking traffic patterns"
The Missouri League of Southern Voters would very much like to know who has given MoDOT director Pete Rahn the authority to carry out this ambitious, costly, privacy-invading plan. Information that was not included in the editorial but can be found in an Associated Press article published Oct. 17 in the Casper Star Tribune states that "it would be the biggest monitoring system of its kind in the world." Furthermore, the article states that "the Missouri and Maryland plans also assume that the contractor will market more detailed information to the private sector." The Casper Star Tribune article quotes Daniel Solove, a privacy law professor at George Washington University and author of "The Digital Person," who states: "Even though it's anonymous, it's still ominous. It troubles me, because it does show this movement toward using a technology to track people."
Please contact House Speaker Rod Jetton and demand that the legislature put a stop to this now. Jetton's address: House of Representatives, 201 W. Capitol Ave,. Room 301, Jefferson City, Mo. 65101. Capitol phone: 573-751-5912. Capitol fax: 573-526-9804. E-mail: Rod.Jetton@house.mo.gov.
CLINT E. LACY, Marble Hill, Mo.