SEOUL, March 27 (Xinhua) -- South Korean police are pushing a controversial
plan to have all new mobile phones equipped with a chip that can locate the user
through satellite-based positioning technology, the Chosun Ilbo reported on
According to Song Kang-ho, chief of the investigation bureau of the
National Police Agency, the government had already submitted a related bill to
the National Assembly.
The new proposal is submitted in a bid to combat the increasing incidence
of kidnapping and other crimes against women and children, the police said.
The measure will risk infringing on the privacy of mobile users and raise
the prices of cell phones, the Chosun Ilbo said.
In addition, the system does not work well indoors, where satellite signals
Some 20 percent of mobile phones in the country are currently equipped with
a GPS device.