In Star Trek: TNG (and probably other shows), anyone on the Enterprise can find anyone else by just asking the computer "Computer, locate XXX".

This seems like a major invasion of privacy. Even in our current human society, individual privacy is more protected than this. And Star Trek is supposed to take place in a far more "advanced" and "enlightened" society. So, why does this kind of invasion of privacy happen so often and no one complains about it?

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    you forget that the Enterprise is a hybred exploration, peace keeping, military vessel, and following that line of thought their would be very little privacy for the crew, as is the case in current Navel vessels.
    – Himarm
    Nov 2, 2016 at 13:50
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    It's only an invasion of your privacy if you haven't consented to it, and something tells me setting foot aboard a Federation ship (especially in a professional occupation) is equivalent to giving consent. Also, given that they track the comm-badges, it seems it's just part of the job - which again, implies consent.
    – DavidS
    Nov 2, 2016 at 13:52
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    In a modern military vessel you can always find out where someone is, with or without tracking tags. Also remember that nobody is forcing you to join Starfleet. Nov 2, 2016 at 13:53
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    @user486818 this was a perfectly good question, no need to delete it. Everyone else: why not post your answers in the answer box?
    – KutuluMike
    Nov 2, 2016 at 14:33
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    @user486818 a downvote could mean any number of things, but it was only one. I wouldnt' sweat it.
    – KutuluMike
    Nov 2, 2016 at 14:43


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