How Paranoid Are You?: Issues in Location Information of Ambient Systems

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  2. Dr Leonardus Arief
  3. Dr Joey Coleman
  4. Dr David Greathead
Author(s)Arief B, Coleman J, Greathead D
Publication type Report
Series TitleSchool of Computing Science Technical Report Series
Legacy Date1 October 2010
Report Number1219
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The prevalence of location-informing devices such as smart phones brings a lot of benefits, such as the ability to find the right services nearby. Nonetheless, there are also concerns that such devices might infringe our privacy and breach security. This paper discusses both viewpoints by outlining how location information might be obtained, what the location information can be used for, as well as the issues and problems that might be faced when location information becomes available too readily or in too much detail. We illustrate these with a case study using an iPhone application that we developed, which allows users to track the last known location of their “contacts” (such as friends or family), and to specify the granularity level of the information they are willing to share with each of their contacts in return.
InstitutionNewcastle University
Place PublishedNewcastle upon Tyne
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