A Retired Military Officer, Colonel Hassan Stan Labo has proposed the application of geotagging techniques as a technological method for monitoring and tracing the communication activities of terrorists, bandits, and kidnappers.
He stated that each time a kidnapper uses a phone to communicate, the device establishes a connection with a nearby cell tower, subsequently generating a distinctive digital footprint. He noted that modern smartphones commonly employed by kidnappers come equipped with built-in GPS capabilities, thereby augmenting the precision of location tracking.
He stated further that Geotagging efficiently harnesses this wealth of data to precisely determine and pinpoint the geographical location of the phone being used by the Kidnapper.
He said in an interview with The Sun, ”Interestingly, the use of geotagging techniques is a means by which technology could be applied in tracking down communication by terrorists, bandits, and kidnappers. Each time a Kidnapper uses a phone to communicate, the device connects to a nearby cell tower, which leaves a digital footprint.
Modern smartphones, often used by kidnappers, have built-in GPS capabilities, which further enhances the accuracy of location tracking. Geotagging utilizes this data to pinpoint the location of the phone.”