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Elderly people suffering from dementia could be electronically tagged. Science minister Malcolm Wicks suggested that such tagging technology, which is already used to track convicted criminals on early release from prison, could also help a family caring for an elderly relative. He told the BBC: "This is about dignity and …

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Minister in Sci-Fi land again

From the way the BBC article is written it certainly seems the minister favours some kind of GPS satellite tracking system which would suggest that he's yet another Government minister who has got the whole thing back to front and thinks the satellite does the tracking rather than the receiver figuring out where it is relative to the satellites.

If you're going to get any useful realtime data back from the tracking device it'll need some kind of transmitter - presumably a mobile phone type device. Which makes the device quite bulky and likely to annoy and confuse the already confused dementia sufferer.

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Anonymous Coward

Interesting idea

Malcom Wicks has been my local MP for a long time, and this might be the first time he's actually come up with a good idea.

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Anonymous Coward

Oooh isn't it pretty !

"Ooh Ethel, that nice young Neville Chamberlain has just given me a garter to put on."

"He says they don't need to pay for a home help now. Is that lovely?"

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Anonymous Coward

Free range OAP's?

Will they also be Organic?

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Dan

What?!

Quote "Wicks said that permission from the individual concerned should be sought before using such a device."

Er, is this the same people that, due to the awful effects of conditions such as Alzheimers, don't even know what day it is? This is no less dodgy than claiming 'informed consent' can be obtained to fingerprint a child in primary school.

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Anonymous Coward

I've got a better idea...

Perhaps we should tag all MPs instead. And wiretap their phones too.

Ooops, sorry I forgot, MPs have immunity from wiretaps. Perhaps they have something to hide.

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Anonymous Coward

Why stop at the demented...?

Just tag everybody.

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Tagging

Oh, I thought this was Web 2.0-style tagging. Why not combine it and track anyone called "confused" (and mis-spellings of the same) more than ten times or so by passers-by?

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