Like parents everywhere, Erik Smith, 57, of Washington, D.C., was concerned about his daughter’s well-being at her first prom and after-party. Unlike most parents, Smith (not his real name) is a government employee trained in surveillance technology, and is willing to use it.
“I was only concerned about her safety,” Smith said of his decision to insert a GPS locator chip in the wrist corsage he gave his daughter.
Amber Smith, 17, had concerns as well, but hers were about personal privacy. No Luddite herself, Amber engaged a digital cloaking app on her smartphone, thwarting her father’s attempts to track her. When Mr. Smith recognized his device had failed, he quickly deployed a mini-drone of his own design, set to zero in on his daughter’s DNA signature.
“It would have worked, too,” Eric Smith said sheepishly.
Except that tech-savvy Amber had anticipated her father’s backup plan. Inside her clutch purse, she carried a copy of the drone’s system override she had covertly assembled from her father’s original schematics. The drone returned home without information just 15 minutes after Mr. Smith had launched it.
“I had no idea she was capable of such a thing,” Smith said, his voice quivering. “She just made me so proud!”