Asked if such tracking technology raises potential human rights concerns, Viik said legal safeguards are in place to prevent its abuse. "Not the police, not even the secret service have the right to track. They have to go to a court to get a one-time permission to go to the telephone company" and request location data, he said.
Grünberg also said his company has implemented strict security measures, similar to those in place for online banking. "Only people who want to can be tracked. It's up to each person to decide," he said.
Rick Perera is a Berlin correspondent for the IDG News Service, an InfoWorld affiliate.