In an recent article written by Matt Liebowitz and posted on the http://www.msnbc.msn.com/ website, we revisit an updated version of a very controversial application for iPhones which is getting a lot of buzz again on the web.  And, while it is gaining popularity, it is at the same time, also attracting scorn from people who disagree with the controversial law on which it is based.  That application is called the “PatriotApp” and can be downloaded free from the iTunes store website.  You can find more detailed information also on the www.patriotapps.com website. 

Launched in September, the “PatriotApp” allows people to report criminal or suspicious activity to several federal agencies, including the FBI, EPA, CDC and GAO (Government Accountability Office), the office responsible for investigating public funds. It also includes RSS feeds for the FBI’s Most Wanted list and the Department of Homeland (DHS) Security’s threat level, and allows people to report workplace harassment and discrimination. 

Playing off the Patriot Act name, “the app was founded on the belief that citizens can provide the most sophisticated and broad network of eyes and ears necessary to prevent terrorism, crime, environmental negligence, or other malicious behavior,” according to Patriotapps.com.

Our staff has been following this story since it was introduced last September, and from the information discusssed in Mr. Liebowitz’s, we believe it should be brought to the attention of those risk management, physical security, network security and disaster preparedness team members in your organization. 

Click here to read Mr. Liebowitz’s full article and follow the links to other locations addressing the controversy surrounding this latest attempt to increase our awareness and ability to achieve real time reporting status of conditions which have the potential to become a disruptive event for ourselves, where we live and for the companies where we work. 

Do you have a strong opinion about this technology approach?  Do you see it as being more of a “Big Brother” control play?  Or, do you see it as the kind of “game changer” claimed in Mr. Liebowitz’s article?

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