phone-map The government is trying to pass a new bill obligating cell phone companies such as Verizon to give up the location of their customers if that customer is in danger of harm or death.

An example of how this can save lives can be shown in the context of the Kelsey Smith murder case. The 18-year-old Kansas girl was kidnapped in 2007 where she was found dead four days later. During these four days, authorities were battling with her cell phone carrier, trying to get them to release her GPS location. When Verizon finally released the ping data from her phone, it took the police only 45 minutes to locate the body. If this bill was in effect back then, Kelsey Smith could have been found much sooner. Unlocking a victim’s cell phone to allow authorities to find their GPS location could conceivably help find missing persons more effectively and possibly help save lives.

(Via Wired)

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26489078781Mumbling into the microphone is the best that she can do to save her five children and herself- little does she know that it’s too late. The dizziness weighs her head down- she is barely able to prop her ear against the phone. Within a matter of seconds it is all over; the damage is incomprehensible, and irreparable.

These are only speculative snapshots of the last moments in the car of Diane Schuler. There is no way of knowing exactly what happened in those last moments. What we do know is this: she was driving on the wrong wide of the Taconic Highway and within seconds crashed into an innocent, unsuspecting driver, taking the lives of the people in both cars. The aftermath of the tragic story is a turbulent ocean of emotions and there is a tall wave, about to come crashing down, asking how it could be been prevented.

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