Abuse of GPS

GPS is starting to get scary. Jealous spouses can buy trackers for less than a $100.
Employers are putting them on company cars.

Now, it turns out car dealers are secretly installing them to repossess cars. A disgruntled employee at a dealer disabled a 100 cars using the internet. A few mouse clicks and your car won’t start. :eek: Apparently it doesn’t matter where the car is.



I don’t find it surprising the people are fighting back with GPS jammers. It’s illegal in the U.S. to even own one. But, with the privacy concerns, people may have to consider getting one.


Interesting that this article only focuses on possible terrorist threats. What about the 99% of people that want privacy?

I see benefit with GPS, but am concerned with the growing abuse. Using them to disable cars at the whim of a creditor seems extreme. What if there’s a legitimate dispute about a payment that didn’t get posted? What happens after the car is paid for? Is anyone going to bother removing the GPS black box?

Whats your take on this?

GPS has NOTHING to do with the disable case. That is technology based on cell phone and pager technology.

Maybe you should read your own cite.

How do you think the repo man finds the car? Obviously there’s a GPS tracker in that black box. Otherwise, the technology would be useless.

This is similar to the anti theft alarm services that allow police to locate stolen cars. That’s one of the good uses of the technology. :slight_smile:

The company web site. Note the WebTeck/GPS login option on their web page. They can locate cars. :wink:

There’s also a pdf link labeled About PayTeck/GPS

GPS IS NOT THE MECHANISM USED TO DISABLE THE CARS. GPS does not have the capability to do anything of the sort.

That noxious little black box has GPS inside to facilitate locating the car should the client choose to reposess.

Why don’t you explain to me how GPS works? I suspect what you’ll tell me involves a lot of tinfoil hats.

Um, there IS no repo man - that’s the point of the system. GPS is not required, either. You need to read the articles you post. It’s in the second paragraph, so it’s not like it’s buried deep. Here’s the relevant part:


GPS has a lot of positive uses. It’s significantly reduced civilian casualties in wars. It’s also helpful in locating people that are injured. That’s why it was put in cell phones. I carry a GPS when I go hunting. It guides me to my deer stand and then back to my truck. I love it. :wink: It also has an off button.

My concern is the abuse of the technology. For $50 a jealous gf or spouse can buy a tracker online and track you. Now, reports are coming out that auto dealers are putting the technology in cars. The technology is being abused.

Sorry for the cite confusion. Here’s a better one that mentions repossession. This was the article I originally read.


My county is furiously trying to buy 100 GPS based transponders for emergency equipment so it can be tracked real-time by our brand spanking new enhanced 911 system. I approve of this wholeheartedly.

GPS is a data stream from a satellite that is nothing more than a time code and a data table of the positions of the satellites. That’s simplified, but that’s the gist of it.

All of the stuff you and others complain about is not a GPS function. Clandestinely track a car? That’s the tracking box using GPS data, not the GPS satellites doing the work. Your beef is with the guy(s) designing the black box, not the GPS system.

It’s a fact of life that any technology developed will be abused about 10 seconds after it hits the market.

Which is about eight seconds after they figure out a porn application for it.

How is that “abuse?”

You take a loan to buy the car. You miss the payments on the loan. The dealer uses GPS to find the car for repossession.

I would consider the case in his linked article, in which an employee apparently disabled cars/set off horns just for the hell of it (as a “harmless prank”) to be a good example of abuse.

It’s impossible for anyone to track anything surreptitiously with the use of GPS by itself, because GPS involves one-way signals from satellites to the GPS unit. Any signals from the unit to a tracker are outside the scope of GPS.

There’s GPS porn?! :eek:

Actually, now that I think about it, I’ve decided to refrain from googling any phrase related to this.

Hey! My GPS is my business, thank you very much! :smiley: Sheesh! Is nothing sacred anymore?

You’re not alone…

Those street hookers never miss a trick. :smiley:

You can find her any time/any where.

Does this count as an abuse of GPS? At least it’s filing a false police report and tricking the police into using GPS to track a “suspect,” but GPS and abuse are both involved. :stuck_out_tongue:

Fairfax jury finds for truck driver falsely imprisoned in resignation dispute (Washington Post link may require registration, but is free)

Truck driver Brye gave 3 weeks’ notice that he was leaving his job as a truck driver for Interstate Van Lines, and apparently a contract dispute arose.