There is a data bank that shows the movement of people away from the earthquake areas, immediately following the January 12, 2010 quake…their movements afterwards, and the flow of people back into the earthquake areas. This data bank is based upon cell phone movements, as the system monitors the specific location of each unit.
This may seem to be a minor, but interesting factor, in the overall disaster, but it shows that a mechanism is in place to follow any, and all cell phones….with regard to their movement…and present location.
This has been apparent, with a few kidnap cases in which Americans were grabbed, and instant solutions were required. The use of this facility has not been public and widespread, but it lurks in the background.
In other words, if the government, or the Americans…or anyone else…really wanted to nab the criminals this tracking and monitoring system would be used more often.
It can even follow phones that are turned off.