The Association of British Drivers has posted a scathing piece targeting Galileo, with ABD chairman Bryan Gregory saying "Galileo is not a light on the horizon, it is the entrance to an abyss."
While duly crediting some of the benefits of GPS and locational technology, the article looks upon Galileo in particular, as implemented by EU as yet another stealth tax, yet another way to have government monitoring where you go, who you go with, and so on.
The article states that Galileo is the primary mechanism planned for road tolling by the EU, with "car-hating" Britain to be first.
"The EU is already planning to use Galileo to enforce continental-wide road tolling, and the car-hating British government wants to be first. You won't be able to drive nywhere without the EU knowing where you are going, who you are travelling with, and what speed you are travelling at. They will be able to charge whatever they want. One journey, four lapses of concentration that take you slightly over the speed limit, and you'll be banned from driving."
The article further cites other "big brother" practices abroad, with Japanese law forbidding the sale of cellphones that aren't GPS-enabled from 2007 onward, and manufacturers being forced to fit all vehicles with GPS.
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