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Re: Court Orders Gov't To Disclose GPS Tracking Data

From: Mischa Tuffield <mischa.tuffield@garlik.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2011 09:37:53 +0100
Message-Id: <50D5FAC9-8F5E-4FD1-9E3A-50FD8BEAC69D@garlik.com>
Cc: David Singer <singer@apple.com>, "public-privacy (W3C mailing list)" <public-privacy@w3.org>
To: Karl Dubost <karld@opera.com>
Comments inline:

Sent on the move

On Sep 8, 2011, at 7:23 AM, Karl Dubost <karld@opera.com> wrote:

> 
> Le 8 sept. 2011 à 02:52, David Singer a écrit :
>> "United States law enforcement officials have been utilizing data provided by global positioning satellite systems to track down individual suspects, without having to demonstrate probable cause before a judge first — that much is known. Rights groups such as the ACLU have wondered, just how much of that goes on?"
>> 
>> Discussion on slashdot:
>> <http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/09/07/1713211/Court-Orders-Govt-To-Disclose-GPS-Tracking-Data>
> 
> Remove the tracker in the URL ;)
> The original article is a bit better. 
> http://www.readwriteweb.com/enterprise/2011/09/dueling-privacy-concerns-court.php
> 
> There are plenty of systems/devices using automatic recording of geolocations. These systems are used by government services (ex: police) or individual (ex: private investigator, parents) for tracking a person.
> 
> The question being: "Is it right to do it without a court order?"


There has been a number of stories in the press recently regarding the viability of data collected by user installed self tracking software (that rolls of the tongue). The software, prey [1], which when installed tracks a user's laptop in case of theft has been discussed. One I saw recently was a security expert's story [2] of how he sniffed the person who stole his laptop's Facebook details to find the chap lived a couple of doors away, all via prey.

On the flip side prey has been in the press in US in a less triumphant light whereby the person who acquired a stolen laptop is in court suing everyone under the invasion of privacy. As the laptop took pictures which were sent back to prey's servers  whilst she was having what has been described as 'cyber sex' [3] :)

This stuff still has a long way to go.

Cheers,

Mischa

[1] http://preyproject.com/
[2] http://mashable.com/2011/08/17/laptop-thief-facebook/ 
[3] http://www.securitymanagement.com/news/teacher-can-sue-being-spied-while-getting-naked-stolen-laptop-009001

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