NORWALK - Norwalk residents have mixed reviews on a new Google tracking service.
Google created the new program that will allow people to see where their friends and family members are at any time.
The "Latitude Tracking Program" allows people who sign up for the service to choose who can see where they are at any time. The service will be accessible by smart phones or computers. While Google is optimistic about the program, the reaction by the public is mixed.
"I think it's a great idea because nowadays - everything that's going on in the world and you need to know where your kids are at all times," Laura Martin, a mother of two, says.
While the program may be beneficial to mothers trying to keep an eye on their children, some were concerned with the idea of having their privacy invaded.
"I think it's a little much," Lindsay Le-van says. "If you're taking your kids to a place like Disney World, you should be prepared to be able to keep track of them and be with them and not need something like software to be attached to them. It's crossing the line."
Adam Cohen, a privacy rights lawyer, believes that people should not sign up for the service because there are few laws against the sharing of information. He says that the laws that are in place are falling behind the rapid growth of technology.
"When someone opts into this program, they may not realize that the authorities might be able to subpoena this information from Google," Cohen says. "If they need to track someone for example for a parole violation or if they're looking to arrest someone."
Google says that the user can enter in a fake location to mask their location. The company also says it complies with the legal process and subpoenas.