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Re: Work in Progress on Geolocation Working Group (Advance Notice)

From: Phil Archer <parcher@icra.org>
Date: Tue, 03 Jun 2008 11:02:08 +0100
Message-ID: <484516A0.7000702@icra.org>
To: w3c-ac-forum@w3.org
CC: w3c-ac-members@w3.org, public-pling@w3.org

This is a very interesting piece of work and one that, if my time 
allows, The Family Online Safety Institute would want to contribute to. 
The privacy and security issues are incredibly important and, however 
it's done, the end user MUST remain in control of their location data.

You'd need to support a variety of settings such as
1. always off (i.e never disclose your location)
2. always on
3. Only reveal my location to the following services...
4. Ask me every time someone wants to know where I am

Young children already use the argument that if only their parents would 
  let them have a phone they'd always know where they were (my 9 year 
old trots that one out every other day). The pester power is going to go 
up! But on the really dark side, the risks to vulnerable children are 
significantly increased if those that would do them harm can find them 
easily. There is a media literacy angle here too, of course - children 
and their parents need to be told about the benefits and dangers of 
Location Based Services - maybe that might be something for the W3F to 
contribute to alongside this WG?


ashok malhotra wrote:
>  >The Geolocation Working Group would be tasked with developing an 
> interface for accessing location information in a secure and privacy- 
> sensitive manner ...
> I did not see a work item covering policies for security and privacy.  
> Did I miss something?
> All the best, Ashok
> Ian B. Jacobs wrote:
>> Dear Advisory Committee Representative,
>> This is advance notice that the Team is drafting a charter for a
>> new Working Group to work on geolocation on the Web, envisioned
>> as part of the Ubiquitous Web Applications Activity.
>> Devices that are capable of locating themselves in space, such as
>> GPS receivers and mobile phones have become increasingly common
>> and have enabled a number of new and interesting applications.
>> These devices may obtain their position from a variety of
>> sources, including satellites (e.g. a GPS), Wi-Fi or cellular
>> signal triangulation (e.g.  mobile phones), explicit user input,
>> or other methods.
>> The Geolocation Working Group would be tasked with developing an
>> interface for accessing location information in a secure and
>> privacy- sensitive manner and making it available to Web
>> applications.  The Working Group would focus on developing this
>> interface for access via script, and might develop other
>> interfaces such as markup, HTTP headers, or another means.
>> A draft charter is not yet available, but the anticipated
>> work items are:
>>   * A Recommendation detailing the interface described above.
>>   * An informational test suite document that covers the
>>     Recommendation.
>> The charter may also include:
>>   * A Working Group Note to serve as an introduction,
>>     tutorial and primer for using the Recommendation in practice.
>>   * A Working Group Note that contains use cases and requirements
>>     as collected by the Working Group's members.
>> Please send both statements of support and member-confidential
>> substantive comments to the member only <w3c-ac-forum@w3.org>
>> list (archived at [1]).  For public statements please use the
>> <public-geolocation@w3.org list (archived at [2]).  We may send
>> out a draft charter before the formal review if there is
>> significant input or expressions of interest.  If you have any
>> questions, please feel free to contact Matt Womer <mdw@w3.org>.
>> This announcement follows section 6.2.2 of the Process Document
>> http://www.w3.org/2005/10/Process-20051014/groups#WGCharterDevelopment
>> For Tim Berners-Lee, Director, and
>> Philipp Hoschka, Ubiquitous Web Domain Lead;
>> Ian Jacobs, Head of W3C Communications
>> [1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Member/w3c-ac-forum/
>> [2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-geolocation/

Phil Archer
Chief Technical Officer,
Family Online Safety Institute
w. http://www.fosi.org/people/philarcher/
Received on Tuesday, 3 June 2008 10:02:45 UTC

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